Daily life can often be hectic and stressful. It is important to create moments of peace to relax and reconnect with yourself. One of the most effective ways to do this is breathing exercises. We breathe automatically and it's something we don't always think about how important this is for our health.
Benefits of breathing
Why good breathing is important? Proper breathing naturally ensures that the required oxygen enters our body and carbon dioxide leaves our body. But good breathing takes care of much more than that, because it may seem obvious, but breathing is the key to relaxation and inner peace. When we are stressed or feeling anxious, our breathing can become fast and shallow. This can lead to a feeling of tightness and an increased heart rate.
Proper breathing ensures:
- More relaxation
- Control our emotions
- Slow down heart rate
- More energy
- Improving digestion
- Better night's sleep
By becoming aware of your breathing you can change it and gain more control over your emotions. To help you, we provide a number of breathing exercises that will help you relax.
Breathing exercise 1: full breath
- Sit or lie in a comfortable position with your hands on your stomach.
- Slowly close your eyes and begin by observing your breathing. Inhale through your nose and let the air flow down towards your abdomen so that you feel it expand.
- Hold this for a moment and exhale slowly through your mouth as you feel your belly shrink again.
- Repeat this 5 times.
By doing this exercise, you can create more awareness of your breathing. As a result, you will immediately experience more peace in your body.
Breathing exercise 2: abdominal breathing
- Sit or lie in a comfortable position with one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach.
- Slowly close your eyes and notice how you breathe. Then inhale deeply through the nose and feel the air rush in through the nasal passages.
- Then let the air flow all the way down, towards your abdomen, so that it expands like a balloon.
- Then exhale slowly through the mouth as you feel all the tension disappear from the body.
- Repeat this 10 times.
With this exercise you can relax even more deeply because we focus our attention on the area around the top of our stomach. It is known that stress has a nasty influence on this area, by focusing on this tension can be released.
Breathing exercise 3: slow breathing
- Sit or lie in a comfortable position with your hand on your stomach.
- Slowly close your eyes and focus on counting your breaths. Inhale through your nose, count to 4 and hold. Then exhale through the mouth, count to 6 and wait a few more moments before inhaling again.
- Repeat this 10 times.
This exercise helps to slow down the heart rate and reduce the feeling of restlessness.
Breathing exercise 4: visualization
- Sit or lie in a comfortable position with your eyes closed.
- With each inhalation, imagine white light entering through the crown of your head and spreading all over your body as you take a deep breath.
- With each exhale, imagine all the tension that has accumulated dissipating along with all the negativity you want to release.
- Repeat this until you are completely relaxed.
A nice exercise to release tension in our body and find inner peace.
The road to inner peace
Give yourself time until you notice the effect of the exercises, which will be approximately after 8 to 10 weeks. Practicing the above breathing exercises is an effective way to find inner peace and relaxation. Try doing these exercises for a few minutes a day to experience the benefits of a calm and relaxed mind.
Remember that it's important to take time out for yourself on a regular basis to relax and reconnect with yourself. Breathing exercises are just one of the many tools out there to make this happen. Experiment with different techniques until you find the one that works for you. You can also do the breathing exercises in nature or try one forest pool where you consciously immerse yourself in nature.