Manage your breathing

Breathing is both automatic and unconscious: we do not pay attention. But did you know that we inhale and exhale from 20,000 to 30,000 times a day? This is our first source of energy. Without her, we simply would not be alive: she is the one who keeps us alive before we even eat and drink! In fact, if you are thirsty, you will think about drinking; if you are hungry, you will eat something to eat. But if you feel tired, stressed … will you think about proper breathing? “Correct” because daily our breathing is not quite right.

This occurs at the chest level. Notice … only your chest is inflated and lowered. This is too short, our body does not receive enough oxygen. So our diaphragm hangs, our solar plexus. However, good breathing is at the level of the abdomen. It is easy to practice at any time of the day. If there was only one exercise in this series, it would be ventral breathing. Exercise: Take time to sit comfortably on the back of a chair. The back is straight, not stiff, and you can close your eyes if you feel comfortable. Realize your breath without changing it: let your breath be natural. Mentally follow the path of air from the nostrils to the lungs, then from the lungs to the nostrils, realize that your chest moves during inspiration.

Gradually try to “move your breath to your stomach.” On inspiration, gently push the stomach forward (to the waistband of the trousers), and on the exhale, completely release the stomach. Pay attention to the movement of the abdomen in the rhythm of inspiration and exhalation; it’s for a few minutes. Try to keep your chest and shoulders still. Concentrate only on your stomach.

You can also imagine that your stomach swells like a balloon. In fact, you simply send air to the lower part of the lung. This breathing is necessary to manage stress; By practicing this ventral breathing, you control your breathing, your thoughts subside, your muscles relax. At the physiological level, this breathing allows you to free the diaphragm, refusing to superficial chest breathing, which is too short. The parasympathetic system is activated and brings peace. You regulate your heart rate and reduce stress.

To fully enjoy the benefits of this breath, practice it at home or at least without stress so you can use it in more stressful times. If you need to feel better, place one hand on your stomach and the other on your chest to make sure your chest is not moving. You also should not breathe all day, but several times a day and at any time during the day: before getting up in the morning, in public transport, before an important meeting, during a heated discussion or any other other irritation. Or just relax and get better or fall asleep.

Try breathing tips. The benefits of ventral breathing are well known, among others:

– Soothes your thoughts;

– Reduces stress and anxiety;

– Helps to remove toxins;

– Brings more energy;

– Helps to be more creative;

– Oxygen improves your body and your brain;

– Allows you to sleep better.

Stress management. When we feel restless or restless, we sometimes allow our emotions and feelings to dictate our behavior. In other words, we allow our emotions (anger, sadness, remorse, despair or other feelings) to dictate or determine our behavior (our actions, the actions we take). Examples: “I’m so stressed that I feel the need to fill myself” or “I’m so angry that I will scream.”

When emotions determine your behavior, you lead your life in accordance with your emotions, you are “focused on emotions.” Instead of letting your emotions determine your behavior, try to be more “action-oriented.” In other words, focus on what this situation requires of you, even though you may temporarily feel uncomfortable.

Having an “action-oriented” lifestyle means that you acknowledge the existence of your emotions and that you have time to listen to what they say to you (for example, asking yourself the questions “Why, How do I relate to this?”, “What are my emotions?” they tell me about this situation and how should I react to it? ”When you know why you feel these emotions, you can choose the best course of action depending on the situation.