“Breathe Like You Mean It”

“Breathe like you mean it!” our choral director told us the other night. We were singing a bit too softly and needed more air to boost our volume.

Naturally, her comment got me thinking — how often do we really “breathe like we mean it” in daily life? Ever find yourself unconsciously holding your breath? Or breathing shallow, in your chest only? I do that sometimes, especially when I’ve got a lot to do, or it’s a stressful situation. Often the more stressed you are, the shallower you will breathe.

Deep, relaxed breathing comes only with sleep for most of us, but it doesn’t have to. Giving yourself deep breaths (without hyperventilating, of course!) helps you stay calm in difficult moments, be here now, and it gives you the oxygen to think clearly.

“Breathing like you mean it” can help you lower blood pressure, lower your heart rate, release toxins more efficiently, reduce stress, sleep better, have more energy. And if you happen to have an interest in belting out songs, you’re ready to roll!
What’s not to love about that?!

The basic method is to breathe in slowly through your nose, all the way down into your belly. Let your belly expand, use your diaphragm. Then breathe out slowly.

Do this for five minutes and notice how refreshed you feel, and how much more energy and clarity you have.

Have a beautiful day!

Jennifer

P.S. Breathing is also a great start to meditation. If you’d like to work with a meditation method you can do even if you don’t have much time, check out our audio/video meditation class. By popular demand, I’ve extended the sale on the DIY version until Sunday, so don’t wait if you’ve been thinking about it!

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