As long as we’re alive, breathing happens automatically, without thinking about it. Never thinking about our breathing is part of what’s killing us. If we don’t breathe deep enough, we never activate our body’s natural ability to manage stress and pain. Learning conscious breathing is the first most practical step towards increasing self-awareness and the discovery of your self-healing powers.
If you can learn one thing to improve your health, conscious breathing could be considered as the most important. If you’re not breathing right, both sleep and digestion are affected. Knowing how to breath properly is an essential part of pain and stress management(2), whether you have rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, or depression.
Without breathing, we die. Without breathing correctly, our bodies are stressed, we may feel tired and lethargic, and won’t digest our food properly. If you are holding your breath all the time, then you are starving your brain and heart of oxygen. This reduces our ability to stay focused and increases stress and pain levels.
Conscious breathing doesn’t require a big change in our lives, but it will reward us with intelligence.