Well today is Wellness Wednesday and we are going to be talking about Breath Work. Oh my gosh, I am so in love with breath work and how amazing it is. Just by breathing correctly, you will be able to feel better, stand taller, use your muscles better and also tone your tummy (now who doesn't want a bit of that). So lets get into the nitty gritty of it and the wonderful world of breathing.
Now lets start at the start. In everyday breathing, we tend not to breathe correctly. We shallow breath a lot and this then isn't getting the oxygen and nutrients to our brain that we need. It is also allowing the cortisol levels (our stress hormone) to increase because again the oxygen levels are lower. We are not using the intercostal muscles (the muscles in between the ribs) correctly so this is making them not work to their full potential. To do this, we need to really take fuller bigger breaths.
Stand up straight with your shoulders down your back and not forward, reach through the crown of your head, Close your eyes and really visualise the air flowing in through your nose, going down through the back of your throat and into your lungs. Allow your tummy to expand using your diaphragm and rib muscles. Now visualise that fresh oxygen flowing around your body, nourishing your organs and the brain and then exhaling the excess nutrients out of your body.
The more you visualise, the more oxygen you will be getting into your body. This in turn will then lower your blood pressure, lower the cortisol levels, and make you feel so much better. It's like a little love note to your body, just by breathing correctly.
Do this 3 times, repeating the process. Notice how much better you feel. Do this whenever you start to feel stressed, anxious, annoyed or not right. The best form of Wellness and self care is to breathe. That's what our lungs are for, used correctly, they are our bodies natural healer.
Combine this with a trip out in nature and you will feel so much better. Trust me. Nature is our biggest healer.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed and not sure what to do? I know I have a lot. Would love to hear your take on it. Leave a comment below.
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Lots of love xxx