The Power of Breath
When was the last time you took a breath?
A conscious, purposeful, lung filling breath.
The way we breathe has an enormous impact on how our body operates predominantly thanks to our nervous system.
Unfortunately for most of us our sympathetic nervous system (fight-or-flight response) is dominant not allowing our parasympathetic nervous system (rest, digest, repair and reproduce) have the opportunity to play it’s part.
With the production of adrenaline (stress hormone) stimulated by the “sense of urgency” we constantly carry, there is no wonder we struggle with poor energy levels and the desire for glucose/sugar to keep going.
We need to slow it down and help our body realise we are OK.
Create the feeling of being “safe” by becoming aware of your breath.
Firstly find a quiet place you can pause for a while.
Place your hands on your belly and close your eyes.
Take a long, slow inhale, breathing through your nostrils.
As you inhale, breath into you belly and feel you hands lift as your belly rises.
Without holding your breath, pause before exhaling slowly.
As you exhale through your nose, feel your belly deflate.
Pause before inhaling again.
Repeat 10 times.
Be aware of the sensation as your body adjusts to the state of slowdown.
Practice regularly and your body and mind with reap the benefits.