Physical health is as important as mental health as they are interconnected. By neglecting one there will be little or hardly any improvement in the other. Mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, affect physical ability to participate in daily activities and in any form of exercise. What connects them both? Breathing.
Breathing is the only system in the body that is both automatic and under control. It affects every organ, system and function in the body. Our life starts with the first breath we take and ends with the last. Breath is free and not that hard, and yet many of us are not aware of how powerful and important it is. Full and natural breath creates a strong foundation for a resilient mind and body.
Are you ready?
Let’s try a quick exercise. Notice how you breathe. Do you inhale through your nose or mouth? How do you exhale? Observe and sense your natural breathing right now. Just listen to your inhale and exhale. What do you notice? Now place your hand on your belly and take five deep belly breaths, in through the nose, out through the mouth. Observe the change in your mind and your body. Anything? Do you feel calmer, and more relaxed?
Breathwork can be used to heal, change and improve all aspects of our life. It will create space and ease in how we think and move. By controlling our breath, we can willfully influence the brain and the autonomic nervous system and literally change our mind-body state.
Pause. Take a breath.
The current situation affects everyone and it’s important to look after yourself. Many of us are stuck in a sympathetic nervous system response “fight, flight or freeze” without being aware of that. Constant fear and uncertainty add to that disbalance in the mind and the body. Many people experience inappropriate overreactions and difficulty relaxing or calming down; they feel unsafe, miserable, and exhausted. Conscious, deep diaphragmatic breathing is the way to get your power back! It all begins from within. It will activate a parasympathetic nervous response “rest, restore and repair”. A perfect way to transform your body and mind into feeling healthier, happier, and energized.
The first step is to practise. Practise breathing every day and notice the positive changes in your mind and body. You are the source of your happiness!