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Proper Breathing Brings Better Health

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/proper-breathing-brings-better-health/

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Proper Breathing Brings Better Health
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The Importance Of Breathing Techniques

The Importance Of Breathing Techniques
  • Many different civilizations have practiced different breathing techniques as a part of their culture and their lifestyles, such as Taoists and Hindus.
  • Proper breathing allows the bodily functions, mental health, and overall well-being to perform better. It is the focal point to distract the self's attention from negative thoughts.
  • Breathing is the lowest common denominator in calming the body and the mind.

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The Special Power Of Breathing

  • The power of breathing is evident with people who have breathing disorders. As emotions affect our well-being, so does our breathing.
  • Our parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems are in control of producing feelings of calmness and the latter, the body's rapid involuntary response to stressful situations.
  • Many studies have confirmed the effects of breathing techniques against anxiety, stress, and insomnia. Although they do not disappear entirely, it helps alleviate their symptoms.

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Cardiac Coherence

  • It is a popular technique that promotes relaxation by coordinating our breathing, slowly and steadily, with our heart rate, stabilizing the heartbeat.
  • There are many versions to cardiac coherence: 5-second inhale-exhale for a 5-minute repetition or 4-second inhale 6-second exhale cycle.
  • Cardiac coherence’s stabilization of the heartbeat can dampen anxiety powerfully.

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Effects Of Breathing Techniques And When To Use Them

  • Breathing techniques have an influence over our attention, wakefulness, and anxiety.
  • They help ease stress and other negative emotions.
  • They have a profound impact on our physiological health including respiratory issues or mental well-being.

You can use them on occasions such as:

  • When you are nervous or stressing out
  • When insomnia strikes
  • To relieve chronic anxiety
  • To counter minor physical tension from stressful situations
  • During the pleasurable moments and for enjoyment.

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Six Techniques for Relieving Stress

  1. Stand Up Straight - Good posture enables your body to breathe properly on its own
  2. Follow Your Breath - This focuses on the motions and movements of each inhale and exhale flowing through the body
  3. Abdominal Breathing - This is through breathing with your stomach and chest
  4. Rhythmic Breathing - Often recommended for anxiety patients
  5. Alternate Nostrils - This is breathing through the nostrils alternately in rhythm
  6. Think Reassuring Thoughts While Breathing - You inhale the good, exhale the bad.

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