I would like to discuss the benefits of Deep Breathing Exercises, and why you should be doing them each and every day. They’re easy, they’re calming, and they can be done anywhere.
For the most part, our breathing is automatic. But unlike many animals, we can control the speed at which we breathe. Deciding to focus on deep breaths, has many health benefits. So without further adieu, let’s go through 5 great reasons to focus on deep breathing.
Deep Breathing is a great way to reduce stress while promoting inner peace and calm. When our minds begin to get boggled by a mess of anxiety-fueled thoughts, our breathing naturally begins to rise. Our heart beats faster, and we feel like we’re losing control over ourselves. We’ve been there, and it’s scary.
But with simple deep breathing exercises, you can regain that calm in yourself. Focus on each breath, and let all the negative thoughts wash away. This doesn’t always work right away. It may take some time and practice, but I assure you that the long-term benefits to your health are very much worth it.
Neuroscientists agree that deep breathing changes your brain activity. The “in” breath has more to do with memory than the “out” breath, but they both have an effect. Volunteers participating in a study were shown to have a better recollection of images from the past when they practiced deep breathing.
Deep breathing can cause the release of brain chemicals such as serotonin, and endorphins. These are the chemicals that enhance pleasure and happiness. I’m sure most of us know, pain is in our head as much as it is physical.
By practicing deep breathing, we can turn that mental pain into pleasure. This will make changes in our moods drastically. With a change in mood, we can change the outcome of our day, and in the long run, the outcome of our lives.
As you can imagine, when our mind is in a sea of disarray, it can be hard to focus. By eliminating all of those negative thoughts, and focusing solely on our breathing, can help us to think clearly, enabling us to focus more easily.
Writers experience this when they get on a hot streak and can’t believe how much time had passed since they began. When the brain is calm, we are focused.
This is an important reason you’re going to find! Deep Breathing exercises can make you happy! As I mentioned before the chemical release of serotonin, is the reason for happiness. This chemical can overtake your brain, leaving you with feelings of bliss.
Deep Breathing exercises can be performed at any time. If you find yourself feeling anxious or sad, or your mind seems to be scrambled and out of focus, reel yourself back in. Take a long deep breath by inhaling through your nose, and exhale slowly through your mouth.
For a quick pick me up, you can do this exercise for 15 seconds. Eventually, as your body gets used to doing it, you can change it and add time. But in the beginning, a quick breathing exercise can take 15 seconds, and make you feel better.
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