Did you know breathing deeply into your diaphragm stimulates the lymphatic system to drain toxins and stale energy from your body.
And that Stress and Tension accumulates in your body when you take short, shallow, constricted or irregular breaths. Taking slow, deep, easy, spacious or relaxed breaths can quiet your mind, emotions and body chemistry in minutes.
Try this and experience the difference:
Breathing in to the count of 8 and breathing out to the count of 4 stimulates the Sympathetic Nervous System to rev up alertness & your body.
Breathe in to the count of 4 and breathe out to the count of 8 to trigger the Parasympathetic Nervous System to calmly clear the mind & relax your body.
What did you think, could you feel the difference?
Focus on Your Breath for Calm Clarity
This technique is called Breath Meditation or just simply Watching the Breath. It can be used when you feel overwhelmed by a problem or situation, or when you start to feel stressed. Or just to feel good, calm and rested. Sit or lie down, take a deeper breath in and say the word relax as you slowly exhale. Repeat if necessary, then start to just notice your breath; notice it coming in and notice it going out. You don’t have to change your breath in any way, just let it be, while you notice it coming in and going out. If you need to, you can think the word relax as you exhale for a while, then just sit without doing anything other than breath. Keep this up until you feel calm, quiet and happy just to sit and breathe. In this space your gut feelings and intuition can help guide you. So Just sit, and notice you are breathing a little longer.
Not so hard, is it?
Actually this is something I need to do quite a lot, because I become stressed and overwhelmed much more easily than I would like. It is so easy to just push on and sometimes it is very hard for me to just sit and notice my breath and ‘do’ nothing till the stress and anxiety reduces or leaves.