It might be crazy to think about, but something as simple as breathing has a significant effect on our bodies. As an automatic process that our lungs take care of for us, it’s easy to forget that we’re doing it at all. But when we unknowingly shorten our breaths out of stress, discomfort, or anger, it compounds the negative emotions we’re already feeling.
Slowing down and taking deep, meaningful breaths is essential for managing stress, anger, and other negative feelings. So the next time you’re feeling pressured, nervous, or upset, here are some great reasons to slow down and breathe:
1. Decrease blood pressure.
When you’re stressed, your blood pressure rises. This increase then leads to tightness in your muscles. Slow, deep breaths slowly lower your blood pressure and relax your muscles.
2. Stay in control.
Often, when someone is upset, their breaths become short or hitched without them even knowing. Taking control by being intentional and controlling your breath slows this process down and allows you to gain control.
3. Improve your posture.
As you practice deep breathing, you’ll notice yourself starting to sit or stand more upright to open your airways. This practice extends beyond your breathing practices and tends to overflow into daily life.
4. Gain mental clarity.
Deep breathing is a form of meditation, and it naturally leads to mental benefits like clarity. Taking a brief moment every day to focus on your breathing clears your mind, and the more you practice, the easier it becomes to gain clarity.
When we’re feeling pushed to our limits, it’s important to remember to take a moment and focus on our breathing, which can so quickly become tight and constricted.
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