Hey- this really works!
I mean I knew it did, but as things shift and change in life - I really got to put it to the test! (Lucky me).
Deep Breathing creates lots of micromovment. (Gotta get my geek on...)
It rotates ribs, stretches tiny muscles, stimulates nerves to create relaxation. (See video below)
Remember -don’t stress out “trying hard’ to do a breathing practice!
AND do keep doing just a little bit at a time, and just laugh with yourself about the days you ‘forget to breathe”. (Laughter is a great way to breathe more fully, BTW)
Shallow breathing is very common in ‘regular life’ as well as in times of stress.
“Shallow breathing limits the diaphragm’s range of motion. The lowest part of the lungs doesn’t get a full amount of oxygenated air. That can make you feel short of breath which makes you feel anxious.” (most likely, you won't even be aware of that).
Not only that, but the bones and muscles of out entire torso can become atrophied which can add to back pain and overall mobility. It can even increase disc problems.
Yes indeed - it's true. But don't worry, just b r e a t h e..
For me, when I feel my stress level going way up at work, I just do the 6-4-8 breaths.
(did you get the free video for subscribing above?- that will guide you)
Practice the breaths at least three times.
Even though I've done it a million times before, it still amazes me how different I feel after those breaths:
Relaxed. No more mind spinning out of control. Happier, actually.
Give it a try and see how you feel.
p.s. If you do your many-times-daily breathing practice for a while, it's MUCH easier to remember to breathe when it makes the biggest difference! You could start today!?
Check out all the parts of your anatomy that move with deep breathing on the video below!