I decided that talking about breathing and knowing the right way to do it doesn’t always go hand in hand, so I decided I needed to research what are the common thoughts on breathing correctly. This is what I found.
Most of us breath incorrectly, we do something akin to the exact opposite of the way we really should. We suck in our tummies and raise our shoulders. This fast, shallow breathing expels carbon dioxide too quickly and has many bad effects on our physical and emotional health. Without sufficient oxygen, your body becomes more susceptible to health problems. One way to find out if you are a shallow breather, is to put your palms on your lower abdomen and take a big breath. If your abdomen expands when you inhale, you’re on the right track.
The right kind of breathing is done by expanding our diaphragm. This kind of deep abdominal breathing helps to massage and detoxify our inner organs, promote blood flow and peristalsis, and pump the lymph more efficiently through our lymphatic system. How often should we breathe six breaths per minute is considered optimal or as some say count to 5 or 6 when breathing in and then again when breathing out. You don’t have to work at breathing all the time, just start out by spending 20 or 30 minutes a day sensing and observing your breath. One suggestion was to do some correct breathing just before you go to bed or before you get out of bed in the morning. I am always for the most convenient because then I will do it. Some easy steps to remember are:
1. Have good posture.
2. Try breathing through your nose.
3. When breathing in fill the lower part of the lungs (expanding the abdomen) first and then the upper part of the lungs.
4. Breathe in slowly, maybe hold your breath and then breathe out slowly.
5. Relax your abdomen and shoulders.
I hope that gives you a good start to a very healthy habit.