First, I have a confession to make: I’m very guilty of shallow breathing. Sometimes I even catch myself holding my breath for a few seconds when I’m really focused on something! If you’re like me, please read on, because it’s incredible how one’s entire existence can change when their breathing style is adjusted. How can this be, you ask? Take a look at the stellar list below stating how your health and sanity can improve when you start focusing on taking deeper breathes on a regular basis!
1. It’s like a shot of caffeine! Quite simply, when you take deep breaths, you’re bringing in more oxygen to your body, which can give you a major energy boost and more stamina. Good to keep in mind when that afternoon lethargy rolls around!
2. Bad moods take a back seat. Ever notice how the body tenses up while feeling anger, stress, anxiousness and fear? All of these feelings seem less intense when a person takes deep breaths in the midst of it all. Mainly because it forces the body’s muscles to relax, which lessens the severity of those unpleasant states of mind.
3. Acidity takes a one-two punch! Believe it or not, studies show that taking deep breath makes your body more alkaline and less acidic. Probably because taking deep breathes lowers stress, and less stress means less acidity in the body. FYI – diseases have an easier time existing in an acidic body vs. a slightly more alkaline one, so keep on deep breathin’!
4. It’s like a lifelong detox program. Crazy enough, the body is designed to release about 70% of its toxins while exhaling. (And all this time we thought we needed to live on nothing but juice for several days to detox the body!) If we aren’t inhaling and exhaling properly, the rest of the body has to work harder to detoxify, which could lead to disease or illnesses in the future.
It’d be nice if we could just press a button to automatically change the way we breathe, but the truth of the matter is, breathing more deeply on a regular basis takes a conscious effort and practice. But the good news is, the body remembers! Just like when the goal is to improve one’s posture; after thinking about it and practicing it enough times, after a while, the body will just do it on its own.
Well, my new goal is set, that’s for sure! And although this doesn’t really coincide with what we’re talking about (at all!), I’ll end with my favorite quote having to do with breathing…
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”