Most people think about eliminating stressful people and situations from their life in order to beat stress, but incorporating breathing exercises into your daily routine can help reduce the stress response much more.
It doesn’t matter how hard you work to eliminate stressful experiences from your life, you cannot escape them permanently.
This is why having stress reducing tactics, such as breathing exercises, are so important. No matter where you are, you can easily tune into your breathing, using the correct exercises, and get the benefits.
How Breathing And Stress Are Related
Breathing supplies oxygen to our body and helps us to expel carbon dioxide. When we breathe too fast, the level of carbon dioxide in our blood goes below its optimum level. When this happens, it becomes harder for oxygen to reach our brain, no matter how much oxygen we breathe into our lungs.
Soon the lack of oxygen causes our ‘fight or flight’ reflex to turn on and we become irritable, anxious and stressed. Moreover, our ability to think calmly can disappear, which adds to the stress we are feeling.
Breathing exercises help us control our breath and make sure that we keep our levels of carbon dioxide and oxygen at health promoting levels.
Because improper breathing goes beyond stress and can contribute to a ton of different issues and diseases (which in turn can cause more stress), learning how to control the breath is essential to good health.
You Don’t Have To Be Intense To Do Breathing Exercises Right
Fortunately, more people are becoming aware of how important breathing is to our overall health, and because of this there are many videos that can help you take control of your breath.
You can easily find these videos online; however, some of the videos may look at little intense and not be breathing exercises that you want to incorporate into your life, and that’s okay. You don’t need to be sitting cross-legged in nature contorting your stomach in order to experience the benefits of breathing exercises.
It Is All About Awareness
The most important aspect to breathing correctly is to be aware of your breath. If you are aware of your breath, you can catch yourself when you are breathing in an unhealthy way and consciously slow your breath down, no matter what breathing exercises you use. The issue is that it can be hard to pay attention to your breath, because it is such a natural process.
One way to become more aware is to practice meditation. Breath control is just another benefit of meditation that makes adopting the practice worthwhile.
In meditation, your breath needs to be slow and controlled in order to get into a meditative state of mind. The more you practice meditation, the more slow and controlled breathing becomes a regular way of life.
A Breathing Exercise You May Want To Try
This would probably be an exercise that you do in private – at least I wouldn’t be doing it in the grocery line up.