Breathing is essential for life and completely involuntary. Although we can control and regulate to a degree…yes?
Back to School; It is a hectic time switching from complete unstructured ( awww, summer) to complete structure: soccer games, homework. Whether you are in a school or homeschooling, this tranistion requires some deep relaxing breathing just to help get back into the swing of the school year.
The deep belly breaths bring oxygen to every deserving cell in our body ( read: HBD: A Heart Pumping Adventure). On average, people take in about 20,000 breaths ( optimally 6 breaths per minute) a day which help feed our cells, relief stress and tension and improve overall energy. At times, we have a tendency to shallow breath, which means we are breathing 12 to 14 quick breath per minute.
As parents, we tend to do a lot of shallow breathing.
Long term shallow breathing not only leads to low blood oxygen, it may lead to muscle atrophy, impair skeletal muscle and fatigue.
Dr. Andrew Weil says:
“If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly.”
At various times of your daily life, take a moment and place your hands on you belly and actively draw in a long deep breath. Feel you belly expand as the fresh oxygen enters and fills your lungs. As your belly relaxes, allow for the air to slowly be breathed out. Concentrate on this for 5 counts. Encourage yourself do this 3 times a day and work up to more. You will feel better!
Breathe deeply, often and be well,
PS Deep breathing also stimulates the lymphatic system, which in turns keeps your immune system alert and strong. Good for fighting off colds!
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