Have you heard of breathwork? A quick review of Wikipedia describes breathwork as:
A New Age term for various breathing practices in which the conscious control of breathing is said to influence a person's mental, emotional or physical state, with a claimed therapeutic effect. Also, Breathwork is a method of breath control that is meant to give rise to altered states of consciousness, and to have an effect on physical and mental well-being.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breathwork citing Young JS, Cashwell CS, Giordano AL (2010). "Breathwork as a therapeutic modality: an overview for counselors". Counseling and Values. 55 (1): 113
Breathwork has received much attention recently and of course, there are several Apps that provide routines for breathwork (aka breathing exercises) aimed at reducing anxiety, stress, and even high blood pressure, as well as enhancing rest, sleep, harmony, and positive energy throughout your body and mind.
Breathing is so important that even now, our watches often remind us to breathe. But do you listen?!
Rather than complicate the breathing process, here are a few suggestions for you:
First, check your posture. Make sure you are sitting or standing up straight.
Inhale deeply from your diaphragm for 3 to 5 seconds. Get your oxygen in!
Exhale all of the air out of your lungs, from one or both nostrils, or from your mouth. Get rid of that carbon dioxide!
Perform this routine for a minimum of five times in a row. Feel free to repeat it throughout the day as these can be done anywhere.
Working on a stressful project? Conscious breathing, or deep breathing, also assists with your brain’s ability to concentrate and helps you remain focused.
Deep breathing provides a multitude of benefits. Some reports also suggest that it strengthens your immune system and promotes weight loss. Also, the euphoric feeling of regaining your sense of calm and control brought on by such breathing can help you recharge your mental and physical batteries. In all your doing, don’t forget to breathe!
Yours in Health & Wellness,
Originally published in Martinet Weekly News - Monthly Wellness Corner
About the Author:
Darleene Peters is Counsel at Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore and is a 1998 alumnus of Loyola University College of Law (JD) and Loyola University College of Business (MBA). She is also a certified Nutrition Coach, Certified Health & Wellness Coach, a known Foodie, and a proud member of the 50 & Up Club. She also serves as the Wellness Contributor for the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society’s e-newsletter.