This kind of physical reaction is tied to health problems like cardiovascular disease, insomnia, hypertension (high blood pressure), indigestion, increased infections and autoimmune disease. It also contributes to depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
Fortunately, you can reclaim your physical and mental health by practicing deep breathing exercises. These exercises can reverse your body’s natural reaction to stressful conditions, which will help you manage negative emotions and even physical pain more effectively. We can't always elimate stress from our lives, but we can learn to deal with it in a healthier way.
So, what exactly does deep breathing do for you? When you learn to take deep, slow breaths, your body reacts in many positive ways:
#1 - Your muscles relax. You’ll find it’s difficult to maintain a lot of physical tension when you are breathing properly.
#2 - Oxygen delivery improves. When you breath deeply and you are relaxed, fresh oxygen pours into every cell in the body. This increases the functionality of every system in the body. You will also notice improved mental concentration and physical stamina.
# 3 - Your blood pressure lowers. As your muscles let go of tension, your blood vessels dilate and your blood pressure can return to a normal level.
#4 - Endorphines are released. Deep breathing triggers the release of endorphines, which improves feelings of well-being and provides pain-relief.
#5 - Detoxification improves. Good breathing habits help the lymphatic system function properly, which encourages the release of harmful toxins. This cleanses the body and allows it to direct its energy to more productive functions.Deep breathing exercises are very easy to do if you take the time to do them properly. Here is a basic routine that will help you learn the ropes of deep breathing:
1. Lie down in a comfortable, quiet place. Allow yourself to be free from distractions for at least 5-10 minutes.Try and do this exercise (or something similar) at least once a day. It really makes a difference!
2. Give yourself a moment to start relaxing your muscles. Seek out places that are holding tension and release it.
3. Inhale deeply, filling your lungs with air. Bring the air into your abdomen, not just your chest. Count slowly to five as you inhale.
4. Exhale deeply, emptying your lungs completely. Again, count slowly to five as you exhale. As you exhale, release tension from your muscles .
6. Continue to inhale and exhale deeply for several minutes, counting slowly to five each time. Concentrate on your breathing and counting. Let your mind take a break from distractions.