Life has us breezing through our days at top speed these days! We feel anxious and irritable and can’t seem to shake it at times. I feel like we don’t even know how to breath properly anymore! We don’t even take full breaths because of our rushed state of being.It’s import to be mindful of our breathing and implement techniques that will aid us in returning us back to our natural state.
Why is it important to be mindful of your breathing?
Deep breathing expands your lungs, sends a message to your heart and then it starts to actually beat slower. A slower heart rate calms your entire nervous system!
Observe your breath and get to know how to improve it. Are you shallow breathing? Holding your breath at times perhaps? Improper breathing can cause us to feel agitated, stressed, tired and annoyed easily. We need to recognize when we’re feeling off and implement deep breathing belly exercises to improve our health and wellness.
Here is a simple deep breathing / belly breathing exercise I implement into my lifestyle. It’s easy to do and you can do it anywhere. Yes you can even do this exercise in your car! Providing your seats are in fact comfortable that is!
Sit in a comfortable position or you can do this exercise laying down. If I’m home I like to lay down on my yoga mat or sit on my meditation pillow. Anywhere you find comfortable is totally fine.
Place your hands on your belly or one hand in the middle of your chest and one on your belly. Whichever you prefer is fine. You will feel more connected to your breathing when you feel you hands rising and falling with every inhale and exhale.
Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Take a deep breath through your nose. Release it by breathing out through your mouth. Repeat at least 3 – 4 times. Continue for as long as you like.
Once you feel like you got the hang of deep breathing you can try implementing the 4-7-8 technique into your practice. Sounds complicated? Nope, not at all! It will just further your deep breathing practice and keep you focused.
Inhale for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds and release your breath through your mouth for 8 seconds.
It’s amazing how such a simple technique can improve your wellbeing so much. I’m a true believer that it’s the small healthy habits and rituals we do that impact us the greatest.
Make it a point to be mindful of your breathing and try including these easy exercises into your day. It takes very little time out of your day and once you get used to it it will become a healthy habit!
Drop me a comment below and let me know how you feel after trying the breathing exercises out.
I’ve also attached an affirmation below that I feel might be helpful to you as well. I hope everyone has a fantastic love filled day! Namaste 💓