Breathing Techniques and Healthy Living
To improve the quality of life, health, and daily functioning, there is one straightforward thing that people could do – focus on their breathing and utilize some simple breathing techniques. When we breathe, we constantly take oxygen from the air, invigorate red blood cells, and exhale carbon dioxide as a metabolic waste product. By breathing deeply, from our diaphragm, we allow the rib cage to expand. The diaphragm drops downward, and there’s more space for our lungs to inflate. By mastering this breathing technique, you will see how it can help your heart pace slow down, allow more oxygen to come in, and promote feelings of calmness.
What is Diaphragmatic Breathing?
The diaphragm is an important muscle that helps us breathe. Diaphragmatic breathing (also known as abdominal breathing or belly breathing) is a breathing exercise that can help you strengthen it. Belly breathing has a wide range of health benefits that affect the entire body, and it is the basis for many relaxation and meditation techniques.
Benefits of Deep Breathing
Improved respiratory system and tension release
The first (and most obvious) benefit of deep breathing is the release of tension in the primary breathing muscles and diaphragm. It can help relieve many respiratory issues, such as breathlessness and asthma. Deep breathing allows for a relaxed posture as it opens up the chest and release tension from muscles around the scapula, trapezius muscles, and intercostal muscles. When we experience uncomfortable feelings (such as pain or anger) or are stressed, our muscle tissues contract and our breath become shallow. With deep breathing, we can release the tension.
Every cell in your body requires oxygen, which makes it most the essential natural resource we need to live and be healthy. Humans can go without water for 3 days and without food for 40 days, but without breathing, we can live only a few minutes. Shallow breaths prevent you from getting enough oxygen, which may be the reason behind your constant tiredness. Make your breathing slower, quieter, deeper, and more regular. Doing so will help you supply your cells with more oxygen, improving circulation, lowering blood pressure, slowing the heart rate, and providing more energy.
Enhanced cognitive functions
Deep breathing helps relax your mind, and it improves your ability to concentrate, focus, learn, and memorize. Increased oxygen intake helps us feel productive and achieve clarity because the brain needs a great deal of oxygen to function at its best. Also, abdominal breathing helps fight negative thought patterns, depression, anxiety, and stress. The result? Ignited passion and creativity.
Improved cardiovascular system
With more oxygen flowing through your body, you increase circulation to the heart, brain, liver, and reproductive organs. Many studies have shown that deep breathing can reduce blood pressure and slow your heart rate. It also stimulates your vagus nerve, which is responsible for reducing the fight or flight response that makes you tense and anxious.
By reaping all these benefits of deep or diaphragmatic breathing techniques, we can only conclude that your face will be a happy face. Smiling more often makes you feel more beautiful and youthful. Breathing deeply increases the secretion of anti-aging hormones, elevates your mood, and increases your levels of endorphins and serotonin.