Would you like a calmer, happier life?
“At the heart of us exists a silent pulse of perfect rhythm.” (Mary Burmeister)
If you would like a calmer, happier life, it is all about how we breathe. We breathe for more than 20,000 times a day, but we often don’t breathe well to get enough oxygen and energy into our body. We stay stressed and our body starts trying to tell us with symptoms and by giving us pain to make us listen.
Whatever we want to change in our life – it can happen with 3 inhales and exhales.
Now, this is going to sound too easy to be true!
Slowly and silently say to yourself, as you breathe in, ‘I know I am breathing in,’ and when you are breathing out, say silently to yourself, ‘I know I am breathing out.’
By doing this we bring our focus to our breathing.
When our body and mind are relaxed, yet alert, and free from negative emotions, our life changes.
When we let a simple act of three full inhales and exhales to become a habit and you do it often you will become calmer, less stressed, more centred and allow yourself to be happier.
How does this work? Why do it?
We breathe in fully and slowly. And breathe out fully and slowly for a little longer than we breathed in.
This activates our vagus nerve. The vagus nerve runs from our brain and goes through the abdomen (heart, lungs, gut) and activates our parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system help us to relax and heal. On the other hand, our sympathetic nervous system is activated when we are stressed and busy and triggers our adrenals for flight or fight.
Our brain can only focus on one thing at a time. When we say these sentences ‘I know I am breathing in. I know I am breathing out,’ silently to ourselves in time with our breathing, our brain becomes focused on breathing to relax us and support our body systems to do what they need to do to be healthy.
So simple, yet so challenging.