Not breathing deeply adversely affected my health and incapacitated me. As a young person, I did not realize it was my breathing that caused my frequent stomach aches. Read my story: Learning How to Breathe Changed My Life
Breathing deeply also has many health benefits. Learn the 13 Health Benefits of Breathing Well.
75% of Americans have experienced at least one symptom of stress in the past month according to the Stress in America survey. The survey found that because of stress:
- 42% laid awake at night in the past month.
- 33% overate and/or eating unhealthy foods.
- 51% of women report higher stress levels than men.
We try to relieve stress in many ways, watch television, overeat, drink alcohol, take drugs, smoke, go for a walk, exercise, have a long hot bath, listen to music or even get a massage. None of these do the trick. The best stress reliever is breathing deeply. Deep breathing does more than help us relax; it’s been scientifically proven to improve wellness.
The American Institute of Stress says that breathing into your abdomen for 20 to 30 minutes each day helps reduce stress. Breathing deeply increases the oxygen flow to your brain, stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system creating a state of relaxation. Breathing exercises connect you with your body, taking you away from all that worrying going on in your head, thus quieting your mind.