Have you ever been so stressed that you find yourself holding your breath? Well deep breathing practices are actually a stress reliever and an incredible cleanser at a cellular level.
There are many benefits of breathing techniques and practices for our health, happiness, and overall flow of life. Here are five things that will occur when you take the time to move air and energy through your body:
When we are stressed, regardless of the type of stress that is occurring our body goes into a “fight or flight” response in order to protect itself from any potential harm. This response also suppresses the immune system and makes us more susceptible to illness. A similar, but opposite response can be triggered by activating deep breath practices into our lives. This triggers a relaxation response in the body that encourages positive and healthy changes. These deep breathing practices are more common than you may be aware of. They come in the form of yoga, meditation, tai chi, Qi Gong, guided imagery, and progressive muscle relaxation. You can also do these deep breathing practices without the organized and formal routines.
So, start small, baby steps.
You can do these practices throughout the day, for example while you are sitting in traffic, standing in line at the bank, or sitting at your desk at work. Practice these deep breathing techniques often and you will find that you are flowing through life with ease and your stress level, the tightness in your chest, or your ability to cope with everyday situations becomes easier. Start with many 1 to 5-minute sessions throughout your day. Like we said before, set a gentle alarm and give yourself the gift of health.