Do you think that you are usually breathing correctly? Did you know there are breathing exercises that can help you? If you were having a panic attack, would you know how to calm yourself down? Did you also know that self-hypnosis is a great way to learn how to breathe correctly?
If your answer was no to any of those questions then this article should motivate you to learn how to master the art of breathing. There are a lot of benefits to learning breathing exercises for stress, anxiety and much more.
Why Are Breathing Exercises Important?
From yoga practitioners to Shaolin monks, many traditions and professionals are aware of the importance of the breath and how many benefits it can provide. Using the proper breathing technique is important for our body and optimal health.
Breathing exercises and breath, in general, are extremely important for us and if not done properly, it can even lead to negative reactions from our body. For example, when we hyperventilate (taking fast, sharp breaths), we can sometimes faint, feel numb or tingly and even have loss of control.
This just shows how important breathing correctly is and the effects it can have on our body!
6 Benefits Of Breathing Exercises
As you are probably aware by now, breathing has many different benefits - helping us achieve optimal health is just one of them. But there are many more benefits that breathing exercises and breathing properly can give us.
Here is a list of the 6 benefits of breathing exercises and how they can help you in different ways.
1. Releases Muscle Tension
When you are stressed or feeling anxious, your body can tense up and you can feel quite stiff and uncomfortable. This is because we are experiencing muscle tension - and stress and anxiety can cause this.
However, breathing exercises can really help to release muscle tension. When you take slow, deep breaths your muscles will relax and your body will loosen up, especially if you are experiencing anxiety. When your breath is shallow your muscle tissue contracts, but when we breathe correctly (deep breathing) it can help to release this.
So, if you feel that you are experiencing muscle tension, you could try to become aware of how you are breathing and if you are not breathing correctly, start to take deep breaths as this can help relieve your muscle tension.
2. Lowers Blood Pressure
When you take deep and slow breaths it can regulate your heart rate and also improve your blood flow - all of this helps to reduce your blood pressure. Stress and anxiety can sometimes raise blood pressure, and with stress and anxiety usually comes short, shallow breathing, which is why we should do the opposite.
As we have already mentioned, breathing helps with stress. Stress reduction can also help to reduce blood pressure, so this shows us that controlled breathing exercises can only benefit our blood pressure.
You could even make sure to take some slow deep breaths for a few minutes a day in order to help lower blood pressure, reduce your stress and stay healthy.
3. Helps With Anxiety And Stress
Panic attacks can be very frightening and stressful. When we are faced with high anxiety, during anxiety attacks, we tend to take short, shallow breaths. However, this sort of breathing doesn’t do us any favors.
This can even make anxiety attacks worse and you could feel faint or numb. As breathing exercises help to reduce stress and anxiety, it’s no wonder that controlled breathing can also really help during a panic or anxiety attack.
If you take deep and slow breaths whilst you are facing anxiety, this can relax your muscles and calm your body down. You might be in flight or fight mode and deep controlled breathing can help you to relax and change how you feel physically and even mentally.
4. Improves The Cardiovascular System
Controlled breathing exercises can really improve the cardiovascular system. When we are taking deep breaths, our lungs will expand and contract which will then massage your heart as you breathe.
When we take deep breaths or practice breathing exercises, our lungs provide us with more oxygen to the blood which will then get sent to our heart. This means that our heart won't need to work as hard to pump blood around the body.
This can all help to improve your circulation and eases the pressure needed by the heart.
5. Can Ease Pain
Another benefit of practicing breathing exercises is that it can actually help to ease pain. This is because deep and slow breathing releases endorphins into our bodies. Endorphins are hormones that are natural painkillers for the body.
Our natural instinct is to hold our breath when we are in pain, but actually breathing into the pain can help to ease it. It may be hard at first, but if you can learn to take back control of your breathing when you are in pain, the pain should ease more quickly than if you were to tense up or hold your breath.
6. Slows Down Aging
If you think about when you are stressed or angry, chances are you might be frowning and increasing the wrinkles and lines on your face. Well, because deep breathing helps to reduce stress, it can also help us to slow down the aging process.
Our breathing can do this by increasing the release of anti-aging hormones we have. As it also reduces stress and can improve our mood, this also helps to increase the levels of serotonin and endorphins into our body.
All of this means that we should feel more positive, less stressed and we should experience fewer wrinkles due to the improved circulation we get from breathing exercises.
Master The Art Of Breathing With Self Hypnosis
Self-hypnosis is a great way to make positive changes in your life, such as learning to breathe properly. With the Master The Art Of Breathing self-hypnosis track you can learn how to become more relaxed and take control of your breathing.
It can also help you to feel more relaxed and know how to change your breathing in times of stress or anxiety. By changing parts of your subconscious mind that deals with conducting your breath, self-hypnosis can be a highly effective tool.
You should see that you are starting to have positive changes to your behavior when it comes to breathing and you should feel more relaxed and at peace too, after listening to the self-hypnosis track.