Why a deep mindful breath becomes unnatural?
We live in societies that condemn emotions realizations, outspoken individuals who can express their own emotions in public. These are the ones who will struggle the most in practicing deep breathing exercises. When you hold back such strong emotion based reactions such as tears, stifling anger caused by strong confrontations, we hold our breath or breathe irregularly.
In a world so conscious of our body appearances, the way we stand and our corporal image affects breathing, too. This adds to tension and anxiety, and gradually makes shallow "chest breathing" feel normal.
As we know already, the breathing process engages the diaphragm, the strong muscle that divides the chest from the abdomen. As one breathes in, the diaphragm drops downward, pulling your lungs with it and pressing against abdominal organs to make room for your lungs to expand as they fill with air. As you breathe out, the diaphragm presses back upward against your lungs, helping to expel carbon dioxide.
What we all forget is that breathing, especially a deep breathing process is the responsively mechanism for the body oxygen intake, the vital element necessary for all our organs to perform optimally their functions.
It is so not surprisingly that this type of breathing slows the heartbeat and can lower or stabilize blood pressure.
Benefits on practicing mindful breathing
A correct posture of our bodies and self-realization of our own induced stress help us in eliminating harmful stressors that can cause severe heart and neurological as well as psychological health events in our lives.
HELPS IN FIGHTING THE anxiety
When we are anxious we tend to take rapid, shallow breaths that come directly from the chest. This type of breathing is called thoracic or chest breathing. During such practice a lower oxygen intake is taken while more carbon dioxide remains in our respiratory system. This causes increased heart rate, headaches, muscles pain. An abdominal breathing practice is what works adversely to the thoracic one and help us reduce the blood pressure, ensure a healthy oxygen intake and induces relaxation.
Helps with burnout
Deep mindful breathing helps increasing the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a state of calmness. Breathing techniques help you feel connected to your body—it brings your awareness away from the worries in your head and quiets your mind.
If you are feeling stressed or anxious, short chest breathing will not benefit you in feeling better however a deep mindful breathing could.
So deep breath for your health from today.