Breathing is so simple, right? We do it all day every day and most of us don’t give it much thought. In fact, it’s involuntary ~ an automatic response to a functioning body.
Most of us breathe shallow on a regular basis. Meaning we only use the top part of our lungs ~ expanding our chests and raising our shoulders as we breathe. It keeps us alive. It keeps the oxygen moving from the air to our lungs to our cells, so those cells can do what they need to do.
But it’s not optimal. The minimum seldom is. There is a reason we have such large lungs and that they contain an upper and a lower section. We need to use the entire lung.
To use the entire lung, we need to deep breathe. I don’t mean like walk around with your hands on your belly breathing like you’re going into labor.
But in this fast paced world where you’re being bombarded with news and information and stress and anxiety, it’s more important than ever to give your breath thought.
Take a moment a few times a day to voluntarily take in air, counting to 5 ~ expanding your chest and belly ~ and blowing it out counting to 10 like you’re blowing out a candle on your bday cake. Your body will thank you and your stress level will thank you.
Have a listen to my absolute fav song ~ a reminder to breathe, by Anna Nalick.
How do you relieve stress? Do you practice deep breathing? Did you get chills listening to this song? I did..