Have you ever tracked your breathing pattern? Whilst we know it is a sub-conscious process yet have you ever taken the time to perceive how you breathe?
At a primary level of understanding, breathing is just the repetitive inhale and exhale of air from the nose but if we dig deeper there’s more to it. There exists for types of breathing, namely- Diaphragmatic Breathing, Thoracic Breathing, Clavicular Breathing and Paradoxical Breathing.
Let’s take one step at a time and discuss about Diaphragmatic Breathing
Diaphragmatic breathing is also referred to as deep breathing wherein the diaphragm which is the large, dome-shaped, horizontal muscle located at the base of the lungs contracts with every inhale, the air goes into the lungs yet the lungs do not expand but the belly does. Diaphragm is the most essential stress management tool in your body and you definitely need to know how to use it for your aid.
Why Diaphragmatic Breathing?
It has been medically proved that Diaphragmatic Breathing allows a person to breathe normally while maximizing the amount of oxygen that goes into the bloodstream. It is a way of interrupting the ‘Fight or Flight’ response and stimulates the body’s normal relaxation response.
Without further ado, let’s dive in to know about some more benefits of it
As a wellness company, we highly reckon Diaphragmatic Breathing for reducing stress. This breathing process is like a salvager when it comes to mental health issues. It is proven to be the best practice to treat emotional and mental health conditions and fight anxiety and depression.
Here are the some more benefits-
- It lowers your heart rate
- Helps to lower your blood pressure
- It helps your body relax and commences the healing process for the body and the mind
- Improves posture
- Improves your cognitive performance
- Improves respiratory function
- Maintains blood pH levels
- Detoxifies the body
- Boosts your immune system
- Maintains healthy digestive function
How to practice Diaphragmatic Breathing?
Just follow the following steps to know how to practice belly breathing-
- Sit comfortably in a relaxed position on a chair or on the ground. You may also lie down on your back either on the bed or on the ground.
- Take a deep breath through your nose and let that air go downwards rising your belly
- Slowly exhale and notice how your belly falls inwards
Do not push or squeeze the muscles of your belly, let the process be sooth. Concentrate on your breath and it will all fall in place. Practice this every day for 8-10 minutes to achieve better results. This breathing is considered as the natural way of breathing, so whenever you feel stressed or experience anxiety attacks you know what to do.