Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Breathe: Just Breathe!

Breathing is something we all do without thinking. From the first gasp of air when we're born to the last gasp of life when we die. Breathing is one of a few things we do automatically, but we can also control how we take a breathe.

We can hold our breathe, take a deep breathe and pant. Pregnant woman learn a number of breathing techniques to ease their delivery. Most of us can't hold our breathe more than thirty seconds. Without  breathing we'd be brain dead in a very few minutes.

Despite the necessity of breathing, most of us don't really think about the breathe we take, but we should. Here are three breathing exercises everyone can do and should do several times a day.

Feeling Tired? Then try the Bellows Breathing. Here's how:
  • Rapidly inhale thru your nose, keeping your mouth shut. Make sure your inhales and exhales are the same duration. Keep your breathes short and exhale with some force like blowing out candles.
  • Only do three in and out breaths at a time expanding your diaphragm, then breathe normally.
  • You can repeat the cycle, but only do this exercise for 10-15 seconds and gradually buildup the time.
  • Try this exercise when you need a burst of energy, like in the afternoon when you're feeling drowsy.
2. Breathe Count:        
  • With this exercise you're going to count as you inhale and exhale.
  • With your mouth shut breathe thru your nose for a count of four.
  • Now hold your breathe for a count of seven.
  • Next open your mouth and exhale with a whooshing sound for the count of eight.
  • This is one rep. Start by doing four reps. This is a great breathing exercise when you want to relive some stress.
3. Breathing Meditation: This is a great tool to help you relax and practice a quick meditation.

  • Sit comfortably and take a few slow deep breathes.
  • Then take a breathe and count "1" when you exhale.
  • Then take another breathe, exhale and count "2".
  • Continue to the count of five.
  • Pause and take a couple of normal breathes then do another cycle.
  • I use this exercise to begin my meditation, but I also use it when I first lie down in bed as a way to relax and quiet my mind.
Doing these breathing exercises as needed during the day will relax you and at the same time energize you. So breathe, Just Breathe your way to a better you!

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