31 Day Challenge to a Healthier You Day #9—Deep Breathing for Relaxation








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© 2014 Shanna Lea

What costs nothing, takes little to no effort and affects your health and mood immediately? Deep breathing! If you are overworked, exhausted and stressed out, the benefits of deep breathing can help you calm down after a hectic day at work. Read on for benefits to deep breathing.

Benefit #1—Deep Breathing Makes You Calmer

Deep breathing relaxes the mind and body. It’s also the fastest way to stimulate these parts of your nervous system that make you feel relaxed. So, the next time you feel emotionally overwhelmed, slow down and take a deep breath. You’ll be surprised how quickly it reduces your tension.

Benefit #2—Deep Breathing Helps Detoxify Your Body

Your body is programmed to release toxins, like carbon dioxide, through breathing. If you don’t breathe correctly, other detoxification systems in your body will have to compensate and work harder to filter this waste. Remember, shallow breathing can make your body weaker and this can impact your metabolic processes and lead to illness.

Benefit #3—Deep Breathing Makes You Happier

Deep breathing increases the neurochemical production in your brain. This results in increased secretion of endorphins and elevates your mood.

How to Do Deep Breathing

Sit in a comfortable position. Relax your shoulders, and place your hands on your knees. Exhale first, emptying your lungs. Then, breath in slowly through your nose and hold. Then exhale slowly out your mouth.   Expand your abdominal muscles as you breathe in, and tighten them as you exhale. If you need, you can purchase a Volumetric Exerciser to help you gauge your breathing progress as you strengthen your lungs.

And if you want additional breathing exercises, you can follow along with Andrew Weil’s CD Breathing: The Master Key to Self Healing.

Deep breathing is one of the simplest ways to boost your health. It costs nothing and takes little to no effort. Each day, when you wake in the morning and before going to bed, take a few moments to practice deep breathing and you will soon notice the difference.

Sources:

Breathing: The Master Key to Self Healing by Andrew Weil

Voldyne 5000 Volumetric Exerciser

 



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