Be aware of the Breath

May 24, 2019 | Body and Mind, Front Page | 0 comments

Why Breathing Exercises are good for

Mental Health

I know that everyone has stress in their life, it is part of the fast-paced lifestyle everyone lives today. You either swim or sink, at least that is what it feels like.

Anxiety can affect us in our lives, just as much as stress. To take this battle on, I explored some natural ways to become mentally healthier.

 

How does mental health affect you?

If you are looking for easy ways to improve your mental health, such as reducing anxiety, stress or depression, there are many basic strategies you can use. One of them is breathing exercises, which you not only can do anywhere when you need to, but can incorporate them into your workout routine. Read on for more information.

 

Benefits of Breathing Exercises

 When you start looking into natural ways to help with your anxiety or panic attacks, relieve stress, or just find emotional wellness, the topic of breathing exercises probably come up. But how exactly can they help you? Here are some benefits of incorporating breathing exercises into your daily routine:

 

They can ease up panic attacks – If you get caught with a bad panic attack, it is hard to focus on anything else until it’s gone. While they tend to last only a few minutes, those few minutes feel like torture. One thing you can do is try using breathing exercises to begin calming yourself down.

 

You can do them anywhere, at any time – Another big benefit of breathing exercises is that there are no tools needed. You can do them during workouts, at home, while walking or showering, at work, even while driving as long as you pay attention to the road.

 

They often help you learn how to meditate Meditation can be used in conjunction with breathing exercises, but if you learn breathing techniques first, it makes it easier for you to learn meditation later down the road.

  

How to Perform Breathing Exercises 

 Breathing techniques start very simply, with just taking in deep breaths. This might seem like it is something you do already, but deep breathing is much different than what you do naturally. You want to sit in a quiet place and first relax. You then will just inhale deeply through your nose, hold for a few seconds, then exhale out your mouth.

You can also incorporate what is known as belly breathing, where you hold a hand on your stomach and focus on the sensations as you inhale and exhale.

 

Breathing During Exercises

For people who are exercising for their mental health, they have a unique advantage for adding in breathing techniques. Combining both can really get you to a place of relaxation and start improving your stress or anxiety. It is best done during workouts like yoga, Pilates, hiking, and walking. If you are just starting out, try beginner’s yoga, which focuses on gentle movement and various breathing techniques.

 

I started to implement these breathing exercises as much as I could, while I must admit, sometimes I do forget. It will take some time to practice this technique until it becomes a routine. But ones you become proficient; it will be very beneficial.

Secret of Meditation

I have tried Meditation before I learned that breathing plays a major role when it comes to how to Meditate right. I personally have the Calm App on my phone and use it regularly, and I do like it.  When in fact, I was trying way too hard to Meditate the right way. Here is what I recently learned.  I just came across this YouTube video “Buddhist Monk shares his Secrets of Meditation”. The Video has a very catchy title that caught my attention  “. This short video just turned everything around what I thought I knew about Meditation, and it might change your way of Meditation as well.

To learn what I just learned, take 2 minutes and watch the video, that is all it will take, I promise.

 

We all need balance in our lives and improve our mental health.

 

Keep positive, and live happily.

 

Petra Jackson

Petra Jackson

Life Coach & Mentor

Thanks for following my journey through improving life by discovering inspiring tips to de-stress, have a relaxing day, make good nutrition choices and just enjoy life!  My goal is to share a little bit of what I find beneficial, interesting or just plain cute and fun!

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