Besides sustaining life, deep breathing techniques provide many health benefits. Deep breathing can reduce stress, blood pressure and pain. It releases endorphins (our natural painkillers) throughout our body. Good breathing techniques over time help to strengthen our abdominal muscles and encourage good posture. The movement of our diaphragm helps remove toxins from our organs, promoting better blood flow.
This results in better sleep at night and increased energy levels during the day. The improved oxygenation to our brain also relaxes our mind and reduces anxiety.
Try it now: Sit with good posture or lie in a comfortable position. Keep your shoulders relaxed. Breathe in through your nose for a count of five. Breathe deep, focusing on expanding your belly versus raising your upper chest. Hold for 2-3 seconds. Breathe out fully from a slightly parted mouth, for a count of five. Repeat throughout the day, 5-10 repetitions at a time to ensure you don’t hyperventilate.
The secret is simply to breathe deeply and often!