Happy Self-Care Sunday!
Hope you’re enjoying this day and finding some time for self-care. I’m planning on catching up with some friends overseas that I have not spoken to in a while and going for a walk-and-talk in the forest.
Did you know that giving out compliments is one way to express gratitude? Try it.
🙏🏽 Gratitude Practice 🙏🏽
I invite you to give a compliment to 3 random people that you come across today.
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What is the fundamental principle of Breathwork? The nose is for breathing & The mouth is for eating!
You very likely breathe without thinking about it. Your body does it automatically, without much, if any conscious effort on your behalf. But it’s important to pay attention to how you breathe. In general, it’s healthier to breathe through your nose instead of your mouth. That’s because nose breathing is more natural and helps your body effectively use the air you inhale.
Yet, it’s estimated that about 30-50% adults breathe through their mouth, especially earlier in the day. This could potentially lead to health issues like bad breath and dry mouth.
I invite you to listen to episode #15 of the Self-Care goddess podcast with Jennifer Stevenson “How to Celebrate Your Life’s Magnanimity Through Your Breath” on Self-Care Goddess Podcast
Nose breathing is more beneficial than mouth breathing. Breathing through your nose can help filter out dust and allergens, boost your oxygen uptake, and humidify the air you breathe in.
Mouth breathing, on the other hand, can dry out your mouth. This may increase your risk of bad breath and gum inflammation. Mouth breathing may also make you more prone to allergies, asthma, and coughing.
To improve your nose breathing, try exercises like alternate nostril breathing, belly breathing, and Breath of Fire. These techniques may help you master nose breathing while enhancing your lung function and reducing stress.
Listen to my wellness video “Breathe To Increase Your Energy” here.
Deep breathing from the nose is also called diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal breathing, belly breathing and paced respiration. When you breathe deeply, the air coming in through your nose fully fills your lungs, and the lower belly rises. This deep abdominal breathing encourages full oxygen exchange which is the beneficial trade of incoming oxygen for outgoing carbon dioxide. It slows the heartbeat and stabilizes blood pressure. Belly breathing also increases mindfulness and reduces stress. Here’s how to do it:
- Sit up tall and relax your shoulders. You can also lay down on your bed.
- Close your mouth. Place one hand on your belly and one on your chest.
- Inhale slowly through your nose, letting your belly rise and fill with air. Your chest should stay still.
- Purse your lips and exhale slowly.
- Repeat for 5 to 10 minutes.
I am a certified Elemental Rhythm Breathwork Facilitator. Connect With Me to know more on the amazing power of breathwork and learn some breathwork techniques than can help you better manage yourself.