I’m sure we can all agree that breathing is pretty damn important.
How often do you consciously pay attention to your breathing? I suspect most of us breathe without a single thought about doing so.
I do encourage you to spend some time paying attention to your breathing–even if just for a few minutes per day. And draw your attention to your breathing when you are calm. Do the same when you are in a high-stress state. Is your breathing the same or different?
I have been studying, or rather experimenting with, breathing techniques for a bit. It is truly fascinating at times. At other times, it makes total sense. Breathing regulates heart rate, and HRV monitoring seems to be all the rage these days.
I also find that intentional breathing exercises go hand in hand with meditation and mindfulness.
I could go on and on and on about breathing. Let me share with you a few personal breathing exercises and resources I enjoy and then let you dive in and discover conscious breath techniques and practices that work for you. And please do experiment with multiple different breath techniques and pay attention to your body and feelings and mindset during and after. Know that regardless of the situation and circumstances, regardless of how calm or how tense, you can easily and always go to your breathing to soothe.
Box Breathing – I find this technique to be a great way to soothe and calm. A few cycles of box breathing always reduces that excited, anxious feeling.
Breath of Fire Breathing – Simple and easy to help increase energy.
Wim Hof Method Breathing – I learned about Wim Hof and his breathing method a few years ago. Technique is a relatively simple. And I find myself feeling very euphoric after doing so (especially if I stack a couple of cycles back to back). This is one of my go to breathing methods prior to doing some deeper meditation and visualization.
Go to Google and search for “breathing exercise“. The top result will be a tool to guide you through a 1-minute breathing exercise.
I highly recommend the book Breath – The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor. Nestor goes into some of the science of breathing. Even if you decide to not check out his book, here is one major breathing tip: breathe through your nose.
There is SO MUCH MORE to explore on breath work. Interested in learning more? Here is one more article on 11 Breathing Practices to Get You Through a Rough Patch.
Okay, I’m interested in learning from you. What breathing techniques do you enjoy? Leave me a comment to share.
Disclaimer: These thoughts and words are my own and in no way, shape, or form represent the opinions, facts, and/or points of view of anyone or any organization but me.