Breathing is one of the simplest things we do, yet it may be the most important.
Breathing is one of the simplest things we do, yet it may be the most important.Breathing is a natural process that you can do without thinking about it. In fact, you're probably breathing right now! But did you know that breathing for oxygen is only part of what your body does with each breath? Breathing also helps calm your mind and allows you to stay present in the moment--two things that are essential for staying healthy and happy.If you want to learn more about how breathing affects our bodies, take a look at this helpful infographic from Healthline:
It is easy to focus on your breathing and breath deeper when you are sitting still in a quiet spot.
It is easy to focus on your breathing and breath deeper when you are sitting still in a quiet spot. But what happens when you start moving? Do you still need to be aware of the breath?The answer is yes! When we are active, it's easy for our minds to wander away from our physical sensations. This can happen even if we're just walking down the street or driving in traffic--the mind has an incredible ability to engage itself in activities other than paying attention to what's happening right now with our bodies (and this includes our breathing). Focusing on your breath can help bring awareness back into the present moment so that everything feels calmer and clearer again.
Start by simply paying attention to your breath for 10 seconds or so.
The first step is to simply pay attention to your breath for 10 seconds or so. Focus on the sensation of air entering and leaving your body, as well as any other feelings that arise. Try breathing slowly, deeply and mindfully by counting to four as you inhale; hold this breath for four seconds; then exhale through pursed lips (not too forcefully), counting again until you reach four.Repeat this process three more times before moving on to step two: focusing on an object in front of you while continuing to breathe at a slow pace with full awareness of your body's movements and sensations throughout each cycle of inhalation/exhalation.
If you find you are stressed out, worried or anxious, take slow deep breaths through your nose and count to four as you inhale and hold the breath for four seconds.
- If you find you are stressed out, worried or anxious, take slow deep breaths through your nose and count to four as you inhale and hold the breath for four seconds.
- Repeat this exercise three times a day when feeling overwhelmed.
- The more often you do this breathing exercise the better it works at reducing stress levels in your body!
Then exhale slowly through pursed lips, counting again to four.
Now, exhale slowly through pursed lips, counting again to four. Repeat this exercise several times until your stress level drops significantly. If you need more help with calming down or finding your center, try repeating it again before moving on to the next step of this exercise: taking pauses between breaths to listen to how you feel and allowing yourself those moments of mindfulness in order for them not only become part of your routine but also help put things in perspective so that when something does come up later on in life or at work (or at home), there won't be as much panic because now you know how important breathing really is!
Do this several times then take pauses between breaths to listen to how you feel before repeating the exercise again if necessary until your stress level drops significantly.
- Do this several times then take pauses between breaths to listen to how you feel before repeating the exercise again if necessary until your stress level drops significantly.
- You can also do this in the car or while walking, just make sure that you're not driving at the time!
The importance of breathe is often overlooked which is why people fail at calming their minds with meditation.
Breathing is a natural process that we all do every second of every day. If you have ever gone to the doctor and had your blood pressure taken, the doctor probably told you to take deep breaths in and out for a few seconds. This is because breathing is important for life! It keeps us alive, but it also helps us stay healthy and happy by regulating our emotions and stress levels.Breathing affects our mental health as well; if we don't breathe properly then our minds won't be able to function properly either because they need oxygen just like our bodies do! Breathing deeply calms down anxiety which will help with depression too (because depression makes people feel lethargic). Proper breathing can even improve focus which can lead directly into better grades at school/college/university etc...We hope you enjoyed this article and it helped you to better understand the importance of breathe. If you want to learn more about meditation or other techniques that can help reduce stress, check out our blog here at 29 Intentions Meditation Studio.