February 04, 2023
Breathe in the good shit - exhale the bullshit!
Every year there are hundreds of new wellness fads, but breathwork is here to stay. It seems like every time I see a friend with a new radiant glow, they swear it’s breathwork. As it turns out, the benefits I’ve seen from breathwork are astounding and have literally changed my life. We all know the importance of breathing, but breathe can also have a profound impact on your mental and physical health. The simple act of inhaling and exhaling can be a powerful tool to combat stress and anxiety, increase energy, improve sleep, enhance athletic performance, and boost creativity.
So, what exactly is breathwork? It's a practice that involves paying close attention to your breath and using specific breathing techniques to achieve different outcomes. And the best part? You don't need any special equipment or training, just you, your body, and the power of your breath.
Let's dive into some of the benefits of breathwork:
1. Reduces stress and anxiety: One of the most immediate benefits of breathwork is that it can help reduce stress and anxiety levels. By focusing on your breath, you can shift your attention away from worries and tensions, and bring a sense of calm to your mind and body.
2. Increases energy: Breathwork can also be a great way to boost your energy levels. Certain breathing techniques, such as alternate nostril breathing, can help to balance the flow of energy in the body, and leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated.
3. Improves sleep: Struggling to fall asleep or stay asleep at night? Breathwork can help. Specific breathing exercises, such as 4-7-8 breathing, can slow down your heart rate, lower your blood pressure, and promote relaxation, making it easier to fall and stay asleep.
4. Enhances athletic performance: Controlled breathing can help to increase oxygen flow to the muscles, which can improve endurance, performance, and recovery time.
5. Boosts creativity: Breathwork can also help to increase creativity and innovation. By shifting your focus to your breath, you can quiet the mind and tap into your inner wisdom, allowing new ideas and insights to emerge.
Breathwork can be done anywhere, at any time, and can be as simple or complex as you like. Here are a few easy breathing exercises to try:
1. Balloon breath: Pretend you're inflating a balloon with each inhale, and deflating it with each exhale. This is a great exercise for both kids and adults, and can help to calm the mind and reduce stress levels.
2. Humming bee breath: Hum like a bee while exhaling, and breathe normally while inhaling. This exercise can help to calm the mind and reduce anxiety, as well as stimulate the production of endorphins (the body's feel-good hormones).
3. Laughter breath: Yes, laughter is a great form of breathwork and can help to reduce stress, improve mood, and boost overall wellness.
By focusing on the breath, you can shift your attention away from stressors and bring a sense of calm and relaxation to their mind and body, improving overall well-being. AKA free therapy!