The connection between breath and our mind runs even deeper. Have you ever noticed that when you are anxious or upset, your breath becomes short and quick? By taking a deep breath, you actually cause your heart rate to slow down, creating feelings of calmness and relaxation.
Paying attention to your breathing can help you tap into your emotions and gain an understanding about your triggers. Pay particular attention to signs of “bad” breathing such as:
- Taking quick, shallow breaths
- Holding your breath at times
- Constantly feeling a need to take a deep breath
- Feeling like you have run out of breath
When you feel yourself doing any of these things, pause, slow down, and take a few deep breaths. Pay attention to how you feel and remember it the next time you notice yourself exhibiting patterns of “bad” breathing.
Practicing deep breathing can have several beneficial effects including:
- Increasing energy
- Improving the respiratory system by releasing tension in the diaphragm
- Activating the parasympathetic nervous system to help bring you into a relaxed state
- Strengthening the lymphatic system
- Releasing muscle tension
- Improving the cardiovascular system
- Elevating the digestive system