Why do we neglect this?
It’s with us every second of every day.
Without it we would not be alive, and with it we get to live!
It is the constant faning of the fire that keeps our engines running.
More important than food and water, which a human can last a couple days without,
But take away our breathing and within a short time can be fatal.
What is it about breathing that is so important, and how can we take back control over it?
Take a moment to notice what you are doing and how you are breathing.
Are they short breathes or long drawn out breathes?
According to the Mayo Clinic in the article, Shortness of Breath,
“Shortness of breath is likely a sign of a medical problem.”
Breathing also has an effect on how we react to situations.
For some time now I have focused a lot on how I breathe,
When my breathing is off and inconsistent, I get anxious and reactive.
My mind and body switches to a fight or flight mode,
This is good when I am in a survival situation or doing intense workouts, but it’s not everyday that I am trying to ecscape a 9 foot grizzly bear🐻
When I take time to focus on my breath and breathe more deeply there is a sense of calm and self-control.
Taking time during the day to intentionally breathe deeply has many profound benefits
According to Harvard Health Publishing, Relaxation techniques: Breath control helps quell errant stress response states:
“Deep abdominal breathing encourages full oxygen exchange — that is, the beneficial trade of incoming oxygen for outgoing carbon dioxide. Not surprisingly, it can slow the heartbeat and lower or stabilize blood pressure.”
Meditation is a great place to start taking back control of your breathe.
It’s one of the reasons monks are so calm all the time hahah
Whether you want to become a monk or not anyone can utilize this simple technique.
Give this exercise a try for one week and comment below how you feel!
- Pick a time during the day that you have 5 minutes without interruptions.
- Close your eyes and count down from ten slowly
- Once you get to 0 Inhale deeply and imagine/ visualize your lungs filling up all the way to the bottom of the lungs with air
- with every inhale and exhale count inhale(1), exhale(2)… to 10
- Repeat for 5 minutes (you can set an alarm if needed)
- Focus on breathing slow and deep.
Personally, I like to turn on binural beats and set the time to five minutes remaining. Once the audio is done I open my eyes.