The Breath & Health Connection
Now more than ever as we navigate our daily lives in ways we’ve never imagined, how we process, cope and manage our moments, stressors and emotions are maybe more critical than ever. How we consciously breathe through these changes and challenges can be incredibly impactful on our overall wellbeing.
When the body is stressed, cortisol levels elevate which inhibit the body’s regulation of the nervous system that regulates heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. Stress also greatly impacts weight loss as well. Effective breathing can ultimately activate our parasympathetic state to turn on relaxation and induce mental clarity, reduce tension, induce greater digestion, lend to better sleep and overall increasing the body’s immune response.
Integrating 2 minutes of conscious deep breathing can really pivot our body’s response and though many options are available one simple one to try right now is as follows: 5-5-7.
Wherever you happen to be, inhale slowly through your nose for a count of 5 seconds. Hold the breath for a count of 5 and attempt to bring the air deep into your diaphragm. Hold for 5 seconds. Slowly exhale through your mouth for a count of 7 seconds releasing all of the air and begin again. Try this 10 times multiple times throughout your day. Consider ways and times to sneak this beneficial exercise into your daily routine upon waking, showering, when in moments of stress and all throughout your day. Notice the shift and changes in your body and mind?
Deep breathing is one of the easiest, fastest, most convenient and natural tools to increase calm as this extra oxygen does wonders for the body and mind ~ cleansing, opening and soothing parts of our being. So start today and begin nourishing yourself in this new mindful way. Breathe in. Hold. Breathe out. Be well.