How Do You Breathe?
Our breathing mirrors what is going on in our bodies—our thoughts and feelings, whether we are still or on the move, etc. By taking control of our breathing we can influence our thoughts and feelings, our internal organs, such as the heart and brain, and our bodily functions such as digestion and the immune system.
There is nothing new about the importance of breathing. Just a few minutes of oxygen deprivation is enough to destroy the brain’s ability to process incoming information forever. However, it isn´t just important THAT we breathe, but also HOW we breathe.
Poor breathing habits
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, learning to improve your breathing pattern could provide you with significant health benefits.
Poor breathing habits are very common. We breathe fast, shallow, holds our breath, takes big breaths etc. But most people don’t realize that their own breathing is not as good as it could be. Take a look at the list below. You may be surprised to see that any of these activities is an indication that your breathing habit is poor:
- Clearing your throat when you are stressed (throat-clearing is a form of breathing)
- Holding your breath while you concentrate
- Breathing forcefully when you talk
- Keep your mouth open while you exercise
- Breathe fast and shallow when you are stressed
- Snoring when you sleep (snoring is a form of breathing)
Good breathing habits
A good, conscious breathing pattern means that our breathing is in and out through the nose, low, reaching down into our stomach, and is slow and relaxed, rhythmic and quiet. That’s all there is to it, simple right?! Although, the principles characterizes good breathing habits are simple, the challenge is to take more and more of the 1 000 breaths we take each hour in this way.