You should learn how to breathe.
Breathing is essential for life. It’s at the heart of most bodily functions and the key to maintaining optimal physical and mental health.
Breathing right is essential for nurturing a healthy body and mind. That’s because it affects your nervous system, which is in contact with every cell in your body. This means that how you breathe has a direct impact on all your organs, your immune system, your memory, your digestion, your sleep and even your level of anxiety and stress.
Unfortunately, most of us are doing it all wrong.
When your lower lungs don’t receive enough oxygenated air, it sends signals to your brain that all is not well. You begin feeling anxious and stressed. Life’s stresses cause you to breathe shallowly, and the act of breathing shallowly sends signals to the nervous system that you’re stressed.
The good news is learning to breathe correctly is easy.
You don’t have to be a yogi or meditation aficionado to enjoy the benefits, and you don’t need special equipment or a unique space to practice in. Just a few minutes a day of deep abdominal breathing, wherever you happen to be, is all you need.
- The findings show that slow, controlled breathing diminishes activity in the brain and calms it while rapid and erratic breathing boosts up brain activity and reduces feelings of stress.
- Controlled breathing can help reduce blood pressure, giving a big boost to your overall cardiovascular health.
- Focused breathing heightens the brain’s memory functions and helps us identify potentially harmful stimuli.
- Deep breathing also fights against disease by triggering beneficial changes in the expression of genes that regulate immune function, energy metabolism, and the efficiency of insulin secretion (which improves how the body processes blood sugar).
Simple Technique to breathe.
1.Sit or lie down in a comfortable, quiet place. This can even be at your desk at work or anywhere you can find space for a short interlude of mindful concentration.
2. Breathe in slowly through your nose to the count of five, allowing your chest and lower belly to rise. Expand your abdomen fully.
3. Pause for one second.
4. Breathe out slowly through your nose or mouth to the count of six, allowing your lungs to empty completely and your abdomen to contract.