When you get tense or stressed your breathing automatically becomes very shallow which means you’re only breathing into the top part of your lungs. I refer to the breath quite a lot because of course it’s one of the most important automatic actions that the body does – without the breath we would simply be no more. However most of us don’t use the full capacity of our lungs and when we don’t do that we are quite simply not getting enough oxygen into our bodies. Hence tiredness and lethargy follows, toxins build up in the body, and our feeling of well-being plummets.
When you breathe in deeply you are not only taking in more oxygen to the bottom of your lungs but also, when you breathe out, you release tension and tightness in areas that you might not even be aware off. Focusing on the breath brings an instant sense of calm because you have to let go of the negative thoughts that were causing the tension in the first place. The mind won’t let you carry on thinking if you were concentrating on taking your breath deeper into your lungs.
You can do this so easily throughout the day. As I have said recently you can stop for a minute or two while sitting at your desk, breathing deeply and releasing the tension in your shoulders and neck by doing the exercises I suggested. You can also do this when you are stuck in traffic or when you are sitting on the bus or train. We often get tense and stressed when we are stuck in traffic or at the traffic lights or when we are rushing to catch the bus or the train. These situations can cause tensions in the body and these are great times to practice taking control of your breath and thereby releasing those tight muscles, jawbone, and easing headaches and tension in the stomach. When you feel you are getting stressed or are rushing around manically, trying to get things done, you can say to yourself “and breath, and breathe”. This will help you stop and take a deeper breath. Taking in 3 deep breaths, into the abdomen, helps to quieten the nervous system and bring about a feeling of calm.
So why don’t you give it a try and maybe even incorporate it into your daily routine? Even if you think you don’t have time to go to a yoga class or any type of exercise class these breathing techniques can make a difference to the amount of tension and stress you carry around in your body on a daily basis. I can guarantee that.
Do get back to us and let us know if you do feel any improvement by remembering to breathe more deeply and shaking off those tight areas. Does your feeling of well-being improve? And also remember to give yourself some self-praise for trying something new. That too will improve your sense of well-being.
On that note I am signing off for a 2 week break whilst I am on holiday. To maintain my sense of well-being I decided not to try to write several blogs in advance due to other commitments in my life. Reducing the pressure we put on ourselves helps of course to reduce stress and tension and allows the breath to flow more easily.
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