Stress management is an important key for improving your health and quality of living, and deep breathing exercises are a foundational principle of managing life’s stresses.
Whether you experience negative emotions or physical pain, the body responds in a similar way every time.
You may experience a rapid heartbeat, tightening muscles, dilated pupils and perspiration in addition to short, quick breaths. This is not only an instinctual reaction, but a habit the body has developed over time in response to stressful situations.
This kind of physical reaction is tied to health problems like cardiovascular disease, insomnia, hypertension (high blood pressure), indigestion, increased infections and autoimmune disease. It also contributes to depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
Fortunately, you can reclaim your physical and mental healthy by practicing deep breathing exercises. These exercises can reverse your body’s natural reaction to stressful conditions, which will help you manage negative emotions and even physical pain more effectively. We can’t always eliminate stress from our live, but we can learn to deal with it in a healthier way.
So, what exactly does deep breathing do for you? When you learn to take deep, slow breaths, your body reacts in many positive ways:
- Your muscles relax. You’ll find it’s difficult to maintain a lot of physical tension when you are breathing properly.
- Oxygen delivery improves. When you breath deeply and you are relaxed, fresh oxygen pours into every cell in the body. This increases the functionality of every system in the body. You will also notice improved mental concentration and physical stamina.
- Your blood pressure lowers. As your muscles let go of tension, your blood vessels dilate and your blood pressure can return to a normal level.
- Endorphins are released. Deep breathing triggers the release of endorphins, which improves feelings of well-being and provides pain-relief.
- Detoxification improves. Good breathing habits help the lymphatic system function properly, which encourages the release of harmful toxins. This cleanses the body and allows it to direct its energy to more productive functions.