Happy Self-Care Sunday!
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Expressing gratitude can improve your mood. People who regularly express gratitude for the positive things in their life are shown to be happier overall, leading to lower rates of stress and depression.
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I am so thankful to my parent(s) for …
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How Breath-Control Can Change Your Life?
Breathing is so central to life that it is no wonder humankind long ago noted its value not only to survival but to the functioning of the body and mind and began controlling it to improve well-being. From doctors and therapists to yogis and athletic trainers, many professionals in many different fields believe strongly in the benefits of deep, mindful breathing. Breathwork techniques might have different effects on different people, you can never go wrong when you take a moment to calm the mind, take a breath and take control over yourself and emotions.
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If you are feeling a little overwhelmed by the idea of breathwork, here are a few tips to think about:
- Be aware of your breath. How many times during your day or even when you do other exercise do you pay attention to your breath? Don’t worry so much about trying to change your breath but truly just notice it. Awareness of your breath will give you a connection between your physical movements in an almost meditative way. You’ll feel calmer and find yourself being able to better control your physical movements. This produces the immediate benefits of reducing feelings of stress and anxiety and helping you get physical results in your body quicker as you’ll be doing the movements using proper muscle engagement.
- Aim for bigger, slower breath. Breathing quicker and shallower breaths is rarely the answer when it comes to using breath in your movement. We live in a pretty fast paced world and it’s rare that we take time to slow down and that includes our breath. It takes some practice and retraining yourself to breath deeper and slower! The more you practice this bigger, slower breath the more easily you’ll be able to use it and connect it to your physical movements.
- Be playful with your breath. Be ok with not breathing perfectly and try to imitate your teacher to make it work or try your own breath pattern. Let yourself explore how your breath can help you move better in your body!
Check out my amazing podcast “Using CACAO as a Catalyst for Healthy Living” #51 on the Self-Care Goddess Podcast.
What are the effects of bad breathing?
The diaphragm is a dome-shaped muscle beneath the lungs. When you inhale, it flattens and moves downward, pressing against the abdominal organs so the lungs can expand. However, many adults don’t properly engage the diaphragm due to poor posture, stress, and other factors that lead people to breathe shallowly, moving the upper rib cage more than it should. It can also cause discomfort in the chest and back muscles, weaken the muscles in the pelvic floor and lower back, and disrupt proper movement of the shoulders and spine.
To practice proper diaphragmatic breathing, place your hands on your lower ribs and feel them rise and fall as you breathe. The majority of the breathing motion should be felt here, not the upper chest, during everyday life and especially during exercise.
I invite you to watch my wellness YouTube video “Mindful Heart-Focused Breathing”
I am a certified 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.