Breathing is something we do naturally surely? Unfortunately, most of us don't breathe properly. But don't fret, I will tell you how you can start to breathe more deeply and you will soon feel the benefits.
I have been 'high alert' breathing for most of my life. At 47 I am learning to breathe properly again and it feels great. At first it was difficult, uncomfortable, I felt like I couldn't get my breath down far enough. But I have been practicing for a couple of months now and I'm starting to feel some big benefits, and you can too.
If you have ever experienced anxiety, long term or short term, you will have probably been doing the same kind of breathing as me. This is because our bodies are preparing for fight or flight and although there may be no obvious threats around, any anxiety sufferer knows all too well that this doesn't make a jot of difference.
Did you know that when we experience a panic attack, it is the physical symptoms that we experience first? Then those symptoms send a signal to your brain which in turn thinks there is a threat and goes into panic. This then spirals the physical symptoms and you end up in a vicious cycle having a pretty grim time.
How to start breathing deeply:
This is a technique I learned from a physiotherapist that has really helped. So, first of all, stand up straight or lie on your back with your knees up. Then breathe in as you would normally and breathe out pushing all the air out of your lungs. Push it all out - that is stale air - and hold your breath for two seconds. Then breathe deeply all the way down into your belly. Repeat this a few times until you feel a more deep and comfortable rhythm.
1. Breathe deeply and stay calm
Recently, for the first time ever, I stopped a panic attack in its tracks. Yep. I was pretty surprised myself. I have been learning deep breathing as a way of dealing with anxiety and panic attacks and a little while ago when I felt one coming on, instead of allowing myself to get tangled up in the spiral I intently focussed on getting those breaths as deep as possible. This was an incredible breakthrough that could help you if you experience similar.
2. Breathe correctly for good health
When you breathe deeply your lungs effectively expel toxins and your blood flow will increase. You will sleep better, feel calmer, have improved concentration, circulation, digestion and more energy and stamina.
3. Pain relief
When we are in pain we have a tendency to hold our breath, but deep breathing actually releases endorphins which are your body's natural painkillers. Endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body similar to that that you would get from morphine. Endorphins are also the body's chemicals that make you feel happy!
So if you are a high alert breather, give yourself a break and learn how to breathe well. Another benefit - it's free!
Good luck and see you next time :)