Breathing is something that we do every day, but many people don’t spend much time thinking about how it affects their physical and mental health. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of breathing, ways to improve your breathing patterns, common mistakes that people make when it comes to breathing, and the benefits of proper breathing for both mental health and our physical health.
We’ll also talk about misconceptions about deep breaths – namely that they are always healthy! We’ll outline what kind of deep breaths are healthy and which ones aren’t so you can avoid any confusion in the future.
The importance of breathing
Breathing is one of the most basic functions that our body needs to do in order for us to survive and thrive, yet it can have some pretty significant effects on your mental and physical well-being if you’re not doing it properly! In fact, there are many things that can go wrong when it comes to breathing that have nothing to do with your lungs – they are related instead to how you’re using them.
If you don’t breathe correctly, then you might find yourself struggling with things like anxiety or panic attacks, chronic pain from not getting enough oxygen in the blood, depression and other mood disorders caused by a lack of oxygen and even heart attacks!
How to avoid common mistakes when it comes to breathing
There are many things that can go wrong when it comes to breathing, so now we’ll discuss how you should breathe properly.
The first thing is: don’t hold your breath or shallowly take short breaths which might happen if you’re feeling anxious, angry, excited or under the strain of heavy exercise.
The second thing is: breathe deeply and fully, through your nose rather than mouth when possible, from the belly button up to lower chest – not just from the top of your chest which can lead to hyperventilation and other problems.
Thirdly: stop any bad breathing habits like mouth-breathing or holding your breath.
Fourth: don’t breathe through your mouth unless it’s necessary – in that case, make sure you’re breathing with the nasal passage as well for proper oxygen flow!
Fifth: when undertaking any kind of mental or physical activity, take a moment to consciously check and adjust your breathing before continuing on. That way you can maintain the proper breathing pattern and avoid any pitfalls!
Benefits of proper breathing
For physical health, it can help with things like healthy digestion and elimination as well as more efficient oxygen flow in your body – meaning that you’ll have more energy throughout the day for anything from work to exercise or daily chores. For mental health, this can lead to a lower risk of depression, anxiety and other mood disorders.
For both mental and physical health, proper breathing will help you feel more relaxed – which is something we all could use in our busy lives!
Including deep breaths when being anxious or during exercises like yoga also has the added benefit of increasing your lung capacity and making breathing exercises more effective.
There are also a number of benefits to proper breathing for those who suffer from chronic pain, such as decreased muscle tightness and increased range of motion in the spine.
Proper breathing can help you avoid bad habits like smoking or drinking too much alcohol while improving your mood and outlook on life! All it takes is a small change in the way that you breathe, and you’ll be on your way to feeling better!
Common misconceptions about deep breaths
Some people think that taking deep breaths always has benefits for our physical health. As we discussed earlier, this isn’t true – if they’re taken incorrectly then it can lead to health problems like hyperventilation and even heart attacks.
Another common misconception is that deep breaths always have benefits for your mental health – when in reality, they can increase anxiety or make depression worse if you’re not doing them correctly.
Finally, some people think that it’s a good idea to take deep breaths during high-intensity activities like running or lifting weights – but if they’re done too quickly, it can lead to hyperventilation and collapse.
What’s the best way for me to take deep breaths?
The most important thing is that you do them properly – so start by breathing deeply through your nose from lower chest up to higher chest, taking long slow breaths.
Then, if you’re feeling anxious or starting to feel overwhelmed, it’s important that you don’t take short breaths which means breathing from the top of your chest – instead try to breathe deeply and fully through your nose as we’ve discussed before. Lastly: when undertaking any kind of mental or physical activity like during a workout session, take a moment to consciously check and adjust your breathing before continuing on.
That way you can maintain the proper breathing pattern, avoid pitfalls, and reap all of the benefits that come with it!
Take deep breaths for better mental health: Here are some great tips from our blog on how you can take advantage of deep breaths in order to improve your mental health.
- Force yourself to take deep breaths when you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed
- Consider spending a few minutes every day doing breathing exercises like yoga, qi gong and pranayama in order to reduce stress and anxiety levels
- Take short breaks during the work day for some proper meditation or mindful walking
- Focus on both breathing and other relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation or massage to reduce anxiety
- Try mindfulness exercises in order to stay present during the day and be more mindful of your body’s needs. Mindfulness can also help with depression!
Breathing for physical health: In addition to improving mental health, taking deep breaths carries many physical health benefits as well. Here are some of the ways that breathing properly can improve your life:
- Take deep breaths to avoid bad habits like smoking or drinking too much alcohol
- Breathe deeply and fully while undertaking any kind of mental or physical activity to avoid pitfalls and reap all the benefits
- Improve lung capacity by taking deep breaths through your nose
- Avoid hyperventilation or heart attacks by breathing deeply from lower chest up to higher chest, rather than top of your chest
- Take long slow breaths with each breath coming in through your nose as we’ve discussed before. This will gradually lower your heart rate and allow you to calm down.