We just breathe, don’t we? We don’t think about it! But HOW we breathe and WHAT we breathe is directly related to our physical and mental health.
Not breathing correctly can affect our heart, nervous system, muscles, mood, brain, digestion… We can feel lethargic, exhausted, depressed, all because of incorrect breathing. ALL the processes in our body need oxygen to work effectively.
A lot of us live stressful lives, and this can make us breathe rapidly, with only the top third of our lungs, thus depriving our bodies of vital oxygen and CO2 and can lead to us feeling dizzy, panicky and exhausted – and more stressed.
A good breathing technique can make us feel calmer, more relaxed, less anxious, stronger, and even happier.
How to breathe correctly
Proper breathing technique uses the diaphragm, which is the large flat muscle just below your chest cavity in the space between your bottom ribs. When you breathe in, it is your diaphragm that should move up or down, and NOT your chest. This ensures you are using all parts of your lungs and obtaining optimum oxygen and CO2 absorption.
Ideally, breathing should be through the nose, which is a natural filter for anything bad in the atmosphere. Breathing through the mouth leaves the body more susceptible to germs and viruses.
Check out our next blog article where we’ll talk about how we can breathe better quality air.