Controlled breathing can create a vital link between the mind and the body.
Including a daily practice of controlled deep breathing into your routines has been shown to be one of the best tools for improving your health and well-being.
Long-term, breathing practice can help to reduce anxiety, stress, depression and insomnia, as well as helping to improve focus, increasing lifespan, improving oxygen absorption, stabilizing blood pressure, increasing energy levels and increasing levels of self-awareness.
Breathing is one of the simplest yet most powerful tools that we can all access to help reduce stress, generate energy, improve our overall health and boost positive thoughts and general happiness.
It has been observed that the lifespan of animals is proportional to the rate of their breathing. Animals with deep and slow breathing patterns tend to live longer than animals with shallow, faster breathing.
Most people take breathing for granted, not even thinking about it day-to-day. But if you really stop and think about it, breathing is a truly amazing process.
Breathing is unique. It is part of a system in the body called the autonomic system – like the heart and the constriction and dilation of the blood vessels, breathing is controlled automatically, without any need for you to consciously control it. For example, when you exercise you will breathe faster when you rest you breathe more gently. You will stop breathing momentarily when you swallow and will continue to breathe when you are in a deep sleep. All this happens automatically, at an unconscious level.
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However, unlike all the other autonomic systems in your body, such as the beating of your heart, you can override the automatic breathing impulse and take full control of your breath.
When we are stressed – we breathe with a rapid shallow breathing pattern. We use the muscles in our neck and shoulders to assist the breathing and this allows for a quick response. This would have been vital to our ancestors in their “fight or flight” scenarios (such as running away from a hungry Lion), but once the threat had passed, they would have returned to a relaxed and slow breathing pattern.
However, the “fight or flight” response is of no use to you whilst sitting at your desk or sitting in your car, feeling generally stressed and anxious. You might find that you are breathing with the neck and shoulder muscles all the time and don’t know how to return to a relaxed, slow and deep breathing pattern.
On the flip side, when you breathe slowly and deeply, you activate the parasympathetic nervous system which has a calming effect on the body, reversing any stress responses which might have been activated. By learning to control your breathing, you can begin to take control of negative emotions such as anger, restlessness and stress, as well as begin to develop a solid grounding, gently restore your energy and to slowly create healthy rituals in your life.
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Here some amazing benefits of controlled, deep breathing:
Lower/Stabilized Blood pressure
Decreased feelings of stress
Increased Energy levels
Increased absorption of Oxygen
Improved Cardiovascular System