“Breathe, everything is going to be okay…”
How many times have you been told this, when really it was the last thing you wanted to hear at the time?
Often—especially during times of stress—we forget to breathe. For many of us, it is the last thing we want to do during stressful times.
But we wholeheartedly agree with this piece of advice. Breathing is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Your breath is the important connecting element that can guide you towards being present and overcoming the hard times. It is cleansing for your mental wellbeing. And essential for your physical wellbeing.
We have put together six reasons why breathing is so important in the hopes that you will allow yourself time each and every day to be in the moment and breathe.
- Breathing relieves stress and anxiety
As hard as it can be to hear this advice, there are proven physical and psychological benefits to breathing during stress. Breathing helps release the tension in your body, reduce anxiety and help you overcome stress.
- Breathing helps us manage emotions
When you feel your emotions start to spiral out of control, taking a breath can help you manage extreme feelings. This is because breathing is able to help clear your psychological state and have a better perspective on the emotions you are experiencing.
- Breathing controls your heart rate
When you are psychologically stressed or emotional, your heart rate can increase as a result. Taking mindful breaths decreases your stress hormones and the amount of adrenaline in your bloodstream—which is important to your heart’s health.
- Breathing cleanses the body
Literally taking deep and focused breaths can detoxify your body. Your breath is incredibly powerful in regards to our health and can aid our diaphragm in protecting and nourishing your vital organs that your key to digestion and detoxification.
- Breathing encourages better posture
Taking deep breaths ensures that your entire body can reap the benefits. When every part of the body gets the oxygen it needs, your body will connect and guide you in having better posture.
- Breathing connects you with your environment
Taking nourishing breaths enhances your ability to be mindful. When you are mindful, you are more aware of the present surroundings, which allows you to form deeper connections with yourself and your community.
You will be amazed at what a difference ten nourishing breaths can do for you. Whether it is with us during a Wholehearted yoga session or at home, we encourage you to take a moment, close your eyes and connect to your breath.