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How to breathe.
20 Jan

How to breathe.

Amanda Bruton | The Seventh Seal Retreat Blog

You’re probably thinking, I’ve got this far doing it by myself.

Yes, but have you ever thought about the quality of your breathing?

It may seem self-explanatory, but there really is a technique to inhaling and exhaling correctly.

Deeper, more thoughtful breaths open up your chest, sending more oxygen to your body and brain, which calms your nervous system and helps you to think more clearly.

If you take short breaths that you feel in your throat or chest, or you run out of air quickly when exercising (or participating in normal daily activities!) then there's already room for improvement.

When you breathe from your chest in short, shallow bursts (don’t worry, most of us don’t even know we’re doing it), you’re not allowing much air into your respiratory system.

But don’t worry, it’s super-easy to fix!

When you inhale, ideally you should feel the air fill up your stomach area so your diaphragm (the area just under your rib cage and above your belly) rises. Try it now: wasn’t that a huge intake of air?

To train yourself to breathe more fluidly, try breathing in, letting your belly rise when you inhale for a count of three, and then exhaling for another count of three. Place your hand over your diaphragm while you do this. I suggest giving it a go when you’re lying in bed and about to go to sleep. It’s a great way to relax!

Plus, once you’ve mastered this breathing technique, you can pair it with meditation to instantly calm down your mind, body and nervous system. Breathing quickly and in short bursts is one of the symptoms of stress; so taking deep breaths counteracts that, bringing your heart rate right down.

A simple stress reliever that you can use wherever and whenever you want to help your body and mind work better? I’m there!

Honouring Wellness, Gratitude and Growth

Amanda Bruton

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