Deep breathing has got to be one of the easiest ways to restore balance in our bodies, yet, it’s one thing in everyday life that we think of the least. Some may say, “What’s there to think about?” While it may be true that breathing is automatic, deep-breathing requires more attention. If we fit this into our daily regimen, deep-breathing can enhance focus and concentration. It can lower blood pressure, release endorphins for a mental boost, lower anxiety, and generate more energy, to name a few. I challenge you to practice deep breathing every day for the next 30 days and notice any outcomes.
Here is a deep breathing exercise:
Sit quietly in a comfortable space. Breathe in through the nose while filling the belly up with air. As you inhale, hold your breath for a couple of seconds before exhaling out through the mouth. Then repeat. When deep breaths are taken, remember to breathe through the diaphragm (belly) and empty the diaphragm as you exhale. Set a timer for one minute to start, and work your way up to 10 minutes.