Benefits We Get From Deep Breathing Exercises
Deep breathing exercises will give you the ability to reduce stress, anger, and frustration easier than before. Yet, many people have difficulty practicing deep breathing exercises because they either don’t believe that it’ll help or they try once and then don’t try again.
Today we’re going to put our attention on the benefits it will bring to you, so you will actually keep practicing them!
Deep Breathing Helps Us Think Clearly
As we’ve talked about in the last article, we feel anxious because of the natural response when we facing “threats” from our nervous system. To help us differentiate the “mental threats” from the actual physical threats, deep breathing is a great option.
Breathing exercises send the blood supplies back from the extremities (since we’re not concerned with running or fighting) to the areas of the brain that allow us to think, reason, and problem solve. This is why breathing exercises work to calm us when we experience acute stress, anger, or frustration. Blood is returning to the brain and it becomes easier for us to think.
Protect Us From An Anxiety Attack
In an anxiety attack, you may have a tendency to hyperventilate, which increases the level of panic you experience. However, deep breathing keeps you in control.
When you hyperventilate, you take short, quick breaths in the top part of your lungs. Your chest expands, but you aren't getting the full amount of air that you need to remain calm. The quick overload of oxygen you receive from shallow breathing makes your apprehension and panic even worse. It becomes a cycle that can be hard to break without practice.
Feel More Relaxed And In Control
Anxiety may be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. It may simply be the product of over-active nerves that react too strongly to stimuli. However, regardless of what causes you to feel anxious, the most important thing is to alleviate it and reduce the degree to which it affects your life. Anxiety doesn't have to stop you from living the life you deserve.
Think about it this way. By lowering your anxiety, you may be able to change careers or get promoted, speak in front of others without fear, travel to places you've always wanted to see, embark on a new relationship or business venture, reduce your dependency on medication or therapy, and more!
If you struggle with worry, you will definitely get benefits from simply controlling your breathing. Begin practicing deep breathing strategies today and experience peace in the midst of the storms of your life!