Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. We take about half a billion breaths over the course of our life and yet many of us don’t fully pay attention to our breathing. But learning to breathe deeply and consciously can be a valuable tool in your recovery. It’s simple and it’s pretty powerful when it comes to bringing more mindfulness and peace in your life.
Some other health benefits of conscious, deep breathing include:
- Reduced anxiety and depression
- Lower/stabilized blood pressure
- Increased energy levels
- More relaxed muscles
- Better sleep
- Decreased stress
- Better ability to withstand pain
- Greater productivity and learning
- Better decision-making
- Heightened self-awareness
How to Practice Breathing Deeply
It’s kind of funny to think that we need to practice something that is so core to survival, but most of us need to learn how to breathe deeply. Here are a few steps:
- Sit or lie down in a quiet, comfortable place. Take a normal breath. Now, take a deep breath by breathing in slowly through your nose and hold it for a count of 7. Your chest and lower belly should rise as you fill your lungs.
- Slowly exhale through your mouth (or nose, if that feels more natural) for a count of 8.
- Repeat the cycle four more times for a total of 5 deep breaths.
- Once you become comfortable with the above steps, you may consider blending deep breathing with imagery or a mantra or prayer to deepen relaxation.
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