The Benefits of Deep Breathing
Do you suffer from Chronic Anxiety, stress, depression, tiredness or negativity?
If you answered yes to any of those, know that your body is being physically hurt by these feelings.
Breathing Deeply can help improve ALL of the symptoms and more.
Wait, what is deep breathing exactly?
Inhale.1..2…3…4 exhale 1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8 hold 1.
Belly breathing. Your chest barely moves and your belly gets bigger as you inhale. Its not easy! You really have to think about it and when you’re a beginner it is really easy to tense up and it hurts.
That is the magic folks. No this is not just voodoo stuff, its scientifically proven to increase blood flow and oxygen to your brain bettering the functionality. In fact, it works faster then any medicine on the market if you do it correctly. Your sense of breathing and smell are directly linked to your Limbic system in your brain (the emotional section).
This reason is why some diffuse essential oils while they deep breathe. Personally I diffuse grapefruit and Cedarwood because my chemical make up tends to make it impossible for me to ground myself.
Limbic System definiton: A complex system of nerves and networks in the brain, involving several areas near the edge of the cortex concerned with instinct and mood. It controls the basic emotions (fear, pleasure, anger) and drives (hunger, sex, dominance, care of offspring)
What is shallow breathing?
Chest breathing. Short breaths. Surface breathing. The breathing we do with out even noticing we are breathing.
How can deep breathing help my emotional wellness?
Have you ever heard someone say “relax.. BREATHE!”? You may in fact say that a lot and not even know that is what the expression is refering to!
Sympathetic Nervous system is at work making you anxious, stressed, and negative in emotions. You are in Fight or Flight mode. On edge. Sensitive to even the slightest. Its proven that when you shallow breath your Sympathetic nerves are on the rise!
Parasympathetic nerve is when you are at “rest and digest’ meaning you are calm and taking it in. You are Leveled and balanced. When you breathe deeply you activate your Parasympathetic nerve and you can generate normally again. So when you are anxious, stressed and a mess its very important to activate your Parasympathetic nervous system to make you relax and and wind down.
How does deep breathing help me Physically?
When you breathe in short and breathe out long, you are filtering out all the air pockets in your lungs that have stored toxins from shallow breathing. Getting these toxins out will purify your lungs and make breathing easier.
Not only does it get all the toxins out of your lungs but it activates lymph glands in our torso when we breath deeply. There are muscles around our lymph glands and when massaged (through deep breathing) they rid of toxins our body has inside through our Lymph Glands. This further increases your immune system when it can function with less toxins.
Why is Deep Breathing important?
You need to take time to self care. Whether it be for your emotional or physical health, know that it is very important if you want to live a healthy and happy life style. If you are a mother then you know that self care is NEEDED to thrive in motherhood. It took me awhile to figure that out because well…you are preoccupied with colic, poop, cleaning, no sleep, grocery shopping and somehow trying to maintain a normal life.
Personally, I incorporate it into my every day life with my 2 children (2 under 2). Both of my girls (3 and 1 1/2) know when I say “Do your deep breathing” that its time to take a big breath in and big exhale. I can hear them do it because everything is animated with kids Lol. Breathing Deeply helps me cope with the daily struggles of motherhood and they have fewer tantrums! WINS!
Stay tuned for a Video or Blog post on how to teach your toddler to practice deep breathing with you!