Take a Breath

January 23, 2014 Leave a comment

Take a Breath…

That’s it. Nice and slow. Long and deep.

Is that breath different from the ones you took before clicking into this post? I’ll bet it is.  Most of us don’t realize how shallow our breaths actually are, until we focus on taking a deep breath. You’d think we all would automatically breathe the way we need, but over time, for a variety of physiological reasons and learned behaviors, we just develop a shallow breathing pattern.

Nice deep breath again, please. In through your nostrils. Can you feel your lungs now? Do you sense your diaphragm’s movement? What does the air feel like passing through your nose? I’ll bet it feels good.

There are many benefits to proper breathing. And reasons to let go of improper breathing.

“Breathing incorrectly can produce tension, exhaustion and vocal strain, interfere with athletic activity and encourage aches and illnesses,” says Nancy Zi, a Glendale, Calif.-based breathing expert and author of the book and video set, “The Art of Breathing.” Breathe correctly, however, and you can “melt away tension and stress, improve energy or simply relax and unwind.” — Via Discovery Health(DH)

The DH article also informs us that “breathing oxygenates every cell of your body, from your brain to your vital organs. Without sufficient oxygen, your body becomes more susceptible to health problems.”

Now, there are lots of tips, tricks, and how-to’s for developing proper breathing techniques that you can search from experts across the web. The biggest thing is to not make this too difficult. It should come as natural as, well, breathing.

My suggestion is to not worry about how long or how often you are going to focus on your breathing. Just do it. Right now your attunement to breathing has, most likely, already made it better. I think that is the trick. Pick something you do on a regular basis throughout the day and begin to associate it with deeper breathing. It could be as simple as choosing to focus your attention on breathing when you visit the restroom, log in to Facebook, send a text message, view a commercial, when you wake up, when you are irritated with your significant other, etc. Whatever you do several times a day, that’s the one for you. Feel free to leave your own suggestions or success tips.

What I’ve found is that as soon as you have the intention to breathe better and take that first deep breath, the body enjoys the feeling and rewards/benefits and therefore continues the pattern until you become distracted, stressed, bored, sedentary, etc., again. For example, my breathing today was very shallow (and my mood was way funky and my motivation to do anything was…meh). However, since I began writing this post, my breathing has taken a nice, regular, deep rhythm. I can note the difference without being required to think about it or force or change anything about my air intake. What about you? Is your breathing different while you read this?

I checked out some blogs that had detailed info on breathing and I think the post “18 Benefits of Deep Breathing” at One Powerful Word is extremely useful for you. Just a few of the benefits listed there are -

  • Relieving emotional problems
  • Relief of pain
  • Strengthening the immune system
  • Assisting in weight control

I would also add that deep breathing can:

  • Diffuse anger in the moment (great tip for children, too)
  • Provide focus for your thoughts, which can benefit creativity and career tasks
  • Assist you in better parenting or relationship techniques! (deep breaths reduce tension and frustration, leading to happier and better ways to handle the things that bother us.)

You don’t have to be a yoga addict, zen seeker, or meditation master to want or achieve good breathing. You just have to believe in the benefits and give it a little jump-start until it becomes natural.

Simply Put – Breathing is essential for life; Deep breathing is essential for a longer, healthier life.

Breathing Relieves Emotional Problems
Breathing will help clear uneasy feelings out of your body.5. Breathing Relieves Pain. – See more at: http://www.onepowerfulword.com/2010/10/18-benefits-of-deep-breathing-and-how.html#sthash.wp7MOXlJ.dpuf
Breathing Relieves Emotional Problems
Breathing will help clear uneasy feelings out of your body.5. Breathing Relieves Pain. – See more at: http://www.onepowerfulword.com/2010/10/18-benefits-of-deep-breathing-and-how.html#sthash.wp7MOXlJ.dpuf

Pancakes, Closets, and Keeping it Real.

November 8, 2013 1 comment

Pancakes, Closets, and keeping it real…

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That’s a little of what you’ll find in the video I’m sharing. There are a lot of “golden nuggets” in this TEDx talk by Ash Beckham titled Coming Out of Your Closet, that I think trying to write too much about them would just mask what you might pick up, or pick out, on your own. So, I’m not inclined to try to tell you what I think. You’ll see.

I will tell you that around 3:25-4:30, I’m impressed by Ms. Beckham’s very concise description of something I have tried to explain to and discuss with people for years.

Hard is not relative. Hard is hard (…) We need to stop ranking our hard against everyone else’s hard (…) and just commiserate on the fact that we all have hard.

 

 

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I know the thoughts that struck me the most in this video. I’m curious to see what points made an impression on everyone else. Let’s be real.

Simply Put – We could all be a lot better if we stopped comparing the size of our closets and started being real with one another.