Breathing deeply is one of the simplest things we can do to start feeling better straight away especially with bringing calmness and clarity to the mind. We generally do not take time to breathe deeply throughout the day not and the health benefits of doing so are immense. Doing this first thing in the morning after waking up sends much needed oxygen to the body after breathing has been slowed down throughout the night. This aids in giving the brain and your body an energy boost. In fact, at any time of day when you are feeling low on energy, a couple of minutes of deep breathing into the diaphram (so that we use the full capacity of our lungs) helps to slow the heart rate, release toxins and alleviate any stress amongst the many benefits.
One quick technique to do this is to firstly bring attention to your heart…
- Put one hand on your heart so that you can physically feel the touch sensation. This helps to move attention away from your mind and direct it towards being in the space around your heart. Closing your eyes will help and is optional.
- Slowly breathe in and out deeply: 5 seconds in and 5 seconds out.
- Continue to focus on the physical sensation of touching and being in your heart.
You only need to breathe in and out a few times to start feeling the benefits. Try and do this throughout the day. The best times are in the morning when you wake up (and this can be done lying down on your back), and just before you go to bed as this will help you to be more relaxed before falling asleep.