We tend to take breathing completely for granted.
How often do you actually think about your breathing?
We start life with a breath and the process continues automatically and unconsiously for the rest of our lives. The problem with breathing is that it is so easy and natural.
We inhale – we exhale – simple.
It is just something that we unconsciously do as adults, over 28,000 times a day.
But behind this simple act lies a process that affects us all profoundly.
The way we breathe affects the way we think and feel and how we function in our daily lives.
Breathing affects our psychological and physiological states, while our psychological state affects the pattern of our breathing and it has long been known that slow, rhythmical, diaphragmatic breathing can soothe our inner storms and make us feel calm and composed.
For example, when anxious, we tend to speak in a high pitched voice at the end of inspiration and if we are depressed we tend to speak in a low pitched voice at the end of expiration and most people can be trained how to move from maladaptive to normal breathing behaviour.
The breathing process, or the respiratory function, does a lot more that we think.
We all know that inspiration refreshes the blood with oxygen for transportation to all parts of the body and expiration relieves the tissues of waste carbon dioxide – but there is more, much more. Due to the oxygen increasing capabilities and nervous system balancing, our approach to better breathing has a huge impact on anxiety, asthma, concentration, depression, blood sugar issues, low energy, many aspects of chronic pain, shortness of breath, sleep, weight loss and general wellbeing.