Benefits Of Deep Breathing Exercises – Health Enhancer!
When it comes to our breath, most people think there’s no reason to focus on it or do any exercises, because it happens automatically…
Yes, it does happen naturally and there’s no way your brain will forget to breathe. I would’ve died like a million times already if my brain didn’t manage this on auto-pilot!
While it’s great that our brain does all the work for us when it comes to breathing, we still need to focus on our breath from time to time. If we never focus on taking deep breaths, it can become hard to control anxiety, stress or simply anger.
When you’re feeling anxious, your breath becomes quick and shallow. You start to feel even more anxious, your heart rate increases and you start sweating.
Just by becoming aware and start taking deep breaths, you can reduce anxiety, stress, anger and many more health related problems.
Sounds very simple, doesn’t it? In fact, not only does it sound simple, it IS simple!
There are many benefits of deep breathing exercises and it takes almost no effort to experience all of those benefits.
Benefits Of Deep Breathing Exercises – Health Enhancer!
I think it’s one of the easiest and simplest way to increase the quality of your life. Like I’ve said, it basically takes no effort to do deep breathing exercises.
It’s important to manage stress and anxiety, because it’s related to many health problems. Whether you experience physical pain or mental (for example, stress), our bodies respond in similar ways all the time.
Quick and shallow breaths being the main response, followed by increased heart rate, sweat and so on.
If you’re constantly stressed about something, most likely you will develop some more serious health problems and it will be hard to get rid of them.
So, what are the benefits of deep breathing exercises and how to do them?
Remove Toxins, Waste And FAT From Your Body!
Our bodies remove over 70% of waste and toxins through the breath. It is really important to breathe correctly if you want to effectively remove toxic waste.
If you don’t breathe correctly, your body has to work harder to detoxify itself. This could potentially lead to illness.
A lot of studies have showed that weight loss is linked to proper breathing. When you’re exercising, you’re always taking deep breaths and exhale for longer times than usual.
This way your body is actually getting rid of your fat. Yes, you basically breathe out fat! How cool is that?
While taking deep breaths all day won’t get you in shape on its own, doing exercise and breathing properly can help you lose more weight throughout the day.
So, you’re basically like a dragon, but instead of breathing fire, you breathe out toxins and fat!
Relieve Physical Pain
Have you ever hit your toe really hard when you were opening a door? I know I have! Quite a few times actually… Do you notice how your breathing rhythm changes when that happens?
You might even start holding your toe and even start kissing it (Eww) in hopes that pain will go away. You would be so focused on the pain, you are not aware of your breath.
It comes down to what I’ve talked about before. When you experience pain, you will either start breathing quickly and shallow or simply hold your breath.
Many studies show that holding your breath will make the experience even more painful. It’s always better to “breathe into your pain” if you want to relieve it.
Next time you hit your toe while opening a door (or experience pain in any other way) focus on your breath and do some breathing exercises (we will get to that below!). You will notice that your pain is slowly going away and it’s not as painful anymore.
Reduce Stress, Anxiety And Emotional Pain
When you’re feeling stressed, anxious or even experience something very emotional and you feel depressed, guess who’s going to help? You guessed it! It’s your breath…
See, when you’re doing a deep breathing exercise, you have to focus on your breath for some period. Why is this good? Simply, because you stop focusing on your current stressful situation.
It clears and refreshes your mind from all the negative thoughts. You become more immersed in the current moment, thus you forget about anything that worries you. Either it’s your future or the past that’s stressing you out, being present in the moment is the best way to forget about everything.
But, it won’t happen with your first try. You must make this a daily habit. The more breathing exercises you do, the more you will forget about your worries.
Relaxing is really important, but not many people realize this. The more you relax, the better your life will be. While stress is related to many health problems, relaxation is related to good health. Just keep that in mind…
So, take a chill pill and relax! To clarify, the chill pill is a deep breath…
Improve Oxygen Delivery To Your System
When you’re breathing deeply, your body gets way more oxygen, thus every system in your body starts functioning way better.
Since your system’s functions improve, you will be much more focused and concentrated. Distractions won’t take you away as easily as before. “Mr. Distraction” begone!
Also, for the same reasons, you will have more stamina! If you’re not inhaling enough oxygen, your body will always have less stamina. You might even feel tired all day without doing anything at all.
If you have this problem, then deep breathing is a very simple way to improve your stamina. Of course, don’t give yourself the illusion that breathing exercises alone will make you a marathon runner. There are many other factors that determine how much stamina you will have, like exercising and a healthy diet.
But proper breathing is still important if you want more stamina! So, our chill pill is also a stamina pill! Seriously, it’s such a magical pill, isn’t it?
Fall Asleep Faster
Deep breathing exercises will help you fall asleep quicker. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, try doing a breathing exercise when you lay in your bed.
It will reduce blood pressure and your heart rate. If your heart is racing when you’re in bed, chances are, you will find it very hard to fall asleep.
Same goes for high blood pressure. Have you ever had that feeling like your head or brain is pulsating? You lay on your side and you hear and feel it in your ear.
That’s most likely related to high blood pressure. If you’re suffering from both, high Blood pressure and heart rate, I can only imagine it would take a few hours to finally fall asleep.
If you’re experiencing that every night, you might have some serious health problems, but if it rarely happens, deep breaths can help you fall asleep quicker by lowering your heart rate and blood pressure.
Of course, you don’t even need to have any health problems and still find it hard to shut your brain off. Sometimes, you just can’t stop thinking about something and you can’t fall asleep for this reason. Well, I’ve got some good news once again!
Deep breathing will take your mind away from those never-ending thoughts and help you fall asleep.
I take the “magic chill pill” every night and it definitely makes me feel more relaxed and calmer! Gosh, so many benefits just from one chill pill, right?
Breathing and posture are both connected in a way. You can experiment with it even right now. When you start taking deep breaths, you’ll notice that your posture is automatically improving instantly.
When you’re taking deep breaths, your spine must straighten up. Having a bad posture leads to incorrect breading.
Let’s say you’re playing video games for quite a few hours. Probably, you will end up in an awkward position. For this reason, you won’t breathe correctly, because your posture is horrible.
That’s why I said that both, breathing and posture are connected to each other. You can’t have one without the other.
If you practice deep breathing often, your posture will improve and then you will breathe more properly without even focusing on it.
It Makes You Happier!
You simply become happier, because of all the benefits above!
Since you’ll feel more relaxed and calm all the time, your brain releases “happy hormones” that make you feel really good.
Sometimes, after you take deep breaths, you might feel a little “high”. And that’s a great feeling, trust me!
I’ve thought of a new name for our “chill pill”. Are you ready to hear it? I can’t hear you… I said, are you READY? Good, I like your spirit!
“Magical toxic waste removal, physical pain reliever, stress and anxiety destroyer, improver of concentration, stamina builder, king of falling asleep, reducer of heart rate, posture fixer and generator of happiness hormones chill pill”.
Woah, that’s quite the name!
It’s Time To Learn How To Do It!
Now that you know the benefits of deep breathing exercises, it’s time to learn how to breathe properly!
There’s a few ways you do it. I suggest you experiment with at least a few of them.
1. You can sit or lie down somewhere, just make sure you feel comfortable. Make all distractions go away.
2. If you feel tension in your muscles, just release it. You want to fully relax your muscles.
3. Start inhaling oxygen through the nose and count to 4. Inhale so deeply, that your abdomen would be filled with oxygen as well.
4. Fully exhale through your mouth, leave no oxygen in your lungs. Count to 4 as you’re exhaling. Further relax your muscles.
5. Rinse and repeat for several minutes. Always focus on your breath, push all negative and worrying thoughts away.
Counting to 4 was just an example. You should feel comfortable with the breath. If you feel like 4 is too little, you can increase the count. Or if you feel like it’s too much, you can reduce the count. Just make sure you feel comfortable.
Most people use this method to fall asleep faster. Will it work for you? Only one way to find out!
1. Inhale through your nose for the count of 4.
2. Hold your breath for the count of 7.
3. Exhale through your mouth for the count of 8.
4. Repeat this at least 4 times.
There are many more breathing exercises you can try out. I would recommend you to watch this video if you’re interested.
Make This A Daily Habit
So, now you know the benefits of deep breathing exercises AND how to do them. The next step is, make this your daily habit.
Chances are, that when you’re not focusing on your breath, you’re breathing incorrectly most of the time, because that’s how you’ve done it your whole life.
Once you begin to take deeper breaths, you’ll reprogram your brain to always take deeper breaths even when you’re not focusing on it.
Also, you don’t necessarily need to lay down or sit when you want to take deep breaths. You can do it anywhere you like. Even when you’re working, just focus on your breath from time to time and take deep and refreshing breaths.
It will slowly become a habit and it will improve you health… So, start taking the magical “super long name” chill pill today!
Do you often focus on your breath? Have you been breathing incorretly all your life? Comment below!