Take a moment to Breathe
Just Breathe. These two words may seem silly at first when you look at them, of course you are breathing how could you not? It’s a natural things isn’t it? Well , yes you obviously breathe everyday but that is not what I mean. As you rush a round doing a million different things sometimes it is easy to forget to take a few moments to yourself. Stress is a leading factor in weight gain as well as other health issues such as heart disease, and taking 10 minutes a day to just “breathe” can seriously reduce those risks. Taking deep breaths can help slow down your heart rate, relax your muscles, lower blood pressure, and it helps your lymphatic system as well. There are tons of benefits to deep breathing and it takes no special time out of your day. So how do you do it?
Well, it is a little different than the way you breathe now. Most people when they breathe, they just do it from the chest and that is it, your body needs a deeper breath than that. What you should do is sit up straight (no slouching), put your hand on your belly and take a nice deep breath. You should see your belly go out a little. Slowly exhale out of your mouth, focus on nothing other than your breathing…That’s it, easy right? This is so easy that you could do it while you are at a red light during your busy day or while you are sitting at your desk at work. It is very important to take this time out to just breath and relax. There are a million things that “you should be doing” and million things that “need to get done” but just take a moment for yourself. Take a few deep breaths and feel some stress melt away. Of course you can take it a step further and make time to meditate and that’s great too. Even better in fact! Find a nice quiet space, maybe light some candles or play soft music. Just take the time to connect with yourself. It may seem silly but you will begin to see a difference in how you feel. Just remember, it is okay to take some time out for yourself.
~No matter how busy your day is take a moment and just breathe.~
Posted on December 6, 2013, in A Little Zen, Fitness and tagged Blood pressure, breath, breathe, Cardiovascular Disorders, deeep breathes, Diaphragmatic breathing, fitness, Health, Heart rate, how to breathe deep, Lymphatic system, meditation, Motivation, relaxation, zen. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.