Our world is harder and faster more than ever. The speed of technology, financial worries,relationship challenges and overload of information puts our bodies under incredible amount of stress. Day after day, and month after month, we are getting weaker, more anxious and less resilient.
This constant chronic stress that sweeps under our skin and stores in our tissues rubs us of our energy, causes poor concentration, fatigue, sleeping problems and completely changes the very nature of our primal physiology- our breathing. And it is actually the very nature of our breathing that we can control in order to make a healing shift and start creating strong and PROFOUND CHANGES.
Therefore let me introduce you to your respiration. Your breathing is the single most powerful tool that can either make you horribly anxious and tired. On the other hand, if used correctly, it can restore your energy and make you feel calm & centred.
When you are under stress, your nervous system automatically turns on the ‘’sympathetic response.’’ This is the part of your nervous system that gives you energy to run away from danger, bringing vital force away from your organs into the muscles. This changes your respiration. Although you have no real enemy behind your back, the constant chronic stress you are dealing with makes you fast breather.
Nowadays, the average person breathes 20 breaths per minute; which does not give enough time for the oxygen to be absorbed into your body’s tissues. Fast breath drains the battery, the same as when you have many opened apps on your Iphone and with all your apps opened, your battery is going to run out fast.
When we overbreathe, we are completely bypassing the engine of breathing – the respiratory diaphragm and if we are using all the accessory muscles for breathing – such as pecs, scalenes and levator scapulae – we are literally robbing the energy from our adrenals. At the end of the day you have nothing more to give your family. You are cranky, tired and exhausted. That is why you drink 5 cups of coffee or redbull – because your adrenals are completely fatigued.
Our respiratory diaphragm needs to move. As the main engine of respiration, it should optimally contract and push down upon inhale – resulting in swelling of the abdomen – and move back into its natural resting position upon exhale – causing the deflation of the abdomen. This continuous rhythmic movement creates mobility and traction in the intestines, resulting in better digestion. Abdominal breathing triggers the relaxation response. The relaxation response (which is opposite to stress response) is mandatory for the system to heal, repair and restore.
Additionally, if you are a person who suffers with chronic pain, breathing silently for 3 minutes will start the process of diminishing your pain. Yes, you are reading correctly: just by silent abdominal breathing. Stress changes your breathing; but you can start changing your stress by controlling your breathing, in in 3 minutes. This is not an expensive operation, you don’t need any special equipment, clothes or technology. Truly, oxygen fits any budget. The breathing solution is so simple, that we tend to forget. We tend to diminish the relaxation power that lies right in front of our nostrils.
It is time to realise the potential of oxygen! By doing so you can start coaching your nervous system, eliminate stress, boost your brain power and get your entire system functioning more optimally.
Just after 3 minutes of abdominal breathing you will begin to change the PHP of your body – which will result in more resilience, more power and enhanced recovery time.
3 MINUTES BREATHING SOLUTION:
- Lie down on your back with your knees bent, and the soles of your feet flat on the floor.
- Rest your hands on your abdomen (if lying on the floor causes pain, you can lay in your bed or even on your sofa)
- Close your eyes and become still.
- Close your lips
- Bring your tongue up right behind your teeth; and slide it slightly backwards so they land at the end of ‘’ridged area.’’
- Begin to breathe deliberately so your abdomen swells on your inhale and empties as you exhale. With the inhale the belly deliberately rises, and with your exhale the belly falls. Focus on active inhalation; and completely passive exhalation.
- Inhale and exhale through your nose
- Continue to silently breathe in for 3 minutes
Once completed – welcome your brain powered on oxygen. This is the ‘’nature’s high’’, that will immediately make you feel calmer, more restored and balanced.