Such a Simple Thing
We all take about 26,000 breaths a day without thinking about it. But one of the most valuable life practices I’ve learned is to become aware of my breath. When I started paying attention to it, I noticed it was often shallow and quick. I learned to consciously slow it down with a few deep belly breaths…which became a short cut to my calm yet positive energy.
Every breath is an opportunity to inhale fresh oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide and toxins. When you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to relax. The brain then sends this message to your body.
Conscious deep breathing can instantly lower your heart rate and blood pressure, help digestion, and even improve your posture and balance. Studies show that proper breathing can also reduce symptoms associated with anxiety, insomnia, depression and attention deficit disorder.
Technique of the week: Practice becoming aware of your breath in different situations. Notice when you hold your breath (i.e. when you’re frightened, anxious, uncomfortable). Make it a point to breathe consciously (slowly in through your nose and deep into your belly, and slowly out through your mouth) throughout the day. Your breath is your reset button!