Improper breathing is a common cause of ill health. If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly
~ Dr Andrew Weil (Health and wellness expert)
Learning how to breathe
My almost 8 year old has decided that she wants to do a triathlon next year. So I decided to test her out by taking her for a long run.
As you do.
She took to it like the proverbial duck to water but I noticed that for much of the run, she was so hyped, she barely took a breath.
It freaked me out a little, but also got me thinking…how many of us do not know how to breathe correctly?
Some reports indicate that more than 90% do not. We take short shallow breaths rather than breathing like a baby – slow, deep and with our bellies, rather than our upper diaphragm.
Mindful breathing slows heart rate, relaxes your muscles, decreases blood pressure and calms the mind.
It’s one of the main reasons I have become an advocate for meditation.
It’s not because more of the cool kids are doing it, nor am I buddhist.
It simply helps to keep my anxiety at bay. It also helps me focus and improve mindfulness.
I’ve recently started doing breathing exercises with my daughter and aim to develop this into regular meditation practice with the rest of my family to improve our general well-being.
If you are keen to join my beginners meditation support group, contact me via Facebook.
If you are keen to learn more about meditation, fellow life-coach Tim Brownson is about to launch a book “Don’t hesitate, Meditate’ – which you can get for free if you sign up for his newsletter.
Disclaimer: This isn’t a sponsored post and Tim isn’t a meditation expert. He’s a well-known life-coach who has written this jargon-free book for beginners and skeptics. Having being coached by Tim and read his other books, I’m confident it’s going to be worthwhile, so get on it!