We all take about 20,000 breaths a day but, believe it or not, most of us do not breathe effectively. If you want to see a perfect example of breathing take a look at a healthy baby. You’ll see the baby breathing gently and easily, from their stomachs instead of their chests. You will see the rib cage expand and stomach move softly and gently, in and out, all effortlessly. As we grow older, the stress and tension around us starts to adversely affect the way we breathe. If we get nervous we tend to take short sharp breaths to help prepare for whatever fear we face. Prolonged stress causes us to breathe more constantly like this, and we end up only using about a third or a half of our lungs. This leads to a poor exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide in our bloodstream, depriving our cells and organs of vital gases. The result can cause us to experience panic attacks, dizziness and fatigue. Hyperventilating can also lead to anxiety and a sense of being out of control. A proper intake of oxygen is key to a healthy life. Proper breathing comes from our stomach and also our diaphragm, with a relaxed intake of air. Proper breathing elevates our mood and improves our mental capacity and our stamina.
Need a quick De-Stress? Check out our app “Spiritus” in the iTunes store for some short breathing exercises.