The Importance of Breathing

Breathing.

It seems like such an automatic and easy thing to do. Yet, most people do not take the time to focus on their breathe. Breathing is connected to so many aspects of your everyday health, but does not get the attention it needs.

I am highly stressed at all times and hours of the day. It is just the way that I am and the lifestyle that I have at the moment. This isn’t ideal, but it is what it is at the moment….or so I thought. I never really took the time to figure out a way to help myself. Sure, I take walks, listen to music, work out, etc. to try and de-stress, but I never really searched for another deeper.

My mom works in a very stressful job, and the stress really takes a toll on her body. She is tense, irritated, has joint pains, headaches, and so much more.

Recently, one of her co-workers who is a professional meditator (?? didn’t know that was a thing) started a weekly yoga and meditation session to try and help everyone relieve some stress. Last week, I sat in their online session and was shocked at how valuable the information was.

Breathing is SOOOO important to ones health. Not just everyday breathing, but deep breathing. Like yoga breathe. Breathe in for 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds, and then breathe out for 5 seconds. Focusing on this deep breathing technique not only helps to clear your mind because it causes you to focus solely on your breathe, but it also does so much more for your health.

1. Breathing makes you calmer: It naturally relaxes the mind and body. Deep breathing stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which gives your body the rest and digest response–opposite to the fight or flight response.

2. Detoxifies the body: shallow breathing causes the body to work harder to detoxify because the toxins are not being released through the mouth. 70% of toxins are supposed to be released through breathing, but improper breathing throws it off balance.

3. Relives pain: Deep breathing releases endorphins that are natural pain killers

4. Makes you happier: Increases the release of mood elevation hormones because it stimulates the neurochemical production in the brain.

5. Gives you energy: Drawing air deeper into the lungs increases blood flow while also increasing energy

6. Improves digestion: More oxygen is supplied the organs and helps them work more efficiently.

Who knew that breathing was so important to so many functions of life. Just focusing on breathing a few minutes a day can greater improve your overall health. The more you practice the easier it becomes.

Here is also another article that highlights the importance of healthy breathing.

Do you practice meditation?

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