Thanks for popping in. You know that feeling when you’re well and truly on the mend? There’s a change in the energy levels, a shift in the brain fog. Well, today was that turning point. For the first time in a long time, I was able to inhale and fill my lungs with air, like properly, right down to the bottom. And my God! Did that feel good! No pain.
To be honest, since the Corona Virus took us all out in March 2020, I don’t think any of us have been breathing properly. If you know there’s an air-born killer virus, you’re not going to take deep breaths, now are you!! I actually think we need to start learning how to breathe properly again. Albeit subconsciously, I would say that we – well, I can only speak for myself – developed a way of shallow-breathing. I know that whenever I passed anybody in the street- even if we did rings around each other, I always held my breath behind my mask until they were well down the road. And I bet I’m not alone. Now I’m no expert, but I’m sure we really ought to inhale well, in order to oxygenate our bodies.
Who’s with me? Fancy a little healing breathing? Dave was telling me about something called box breathing. Really simple exercise.
How to do Box Breathing
- Step 1: Breathe in counting to four slowly. Feel the air enter your lungs.
- Step 2: Hold your breath for 4 seconds. Try to avoid inhaling or exhaling for 4 seconds.
- Step 3: Slowly exhale through your mouth for 4 seconds.
- Step 4: Hold for 4 seconds. Go back to step 1.
Apparently, there are multiple benefits to this simple exercise…
- It can help you cope with panic and stress when feeling overwhelmed. …
- It helps you to sleep when you are having insomnia.
- It helps to control hyperventilation as you can instruct your lungs to breathe rhythmically.
- It helps you refocus when you are having a busy or stressful day.
- It eases panic and worry.
Well there you go! Such a simple thing to do (when you haven’t got lung problems of course!) How many rounds. 4 apparently. I think I’ll do this morning, noon and night. Doesn’t sound too strenuous to me. If I think it’s too much, I’ll just do 2 cycles to start with.
As my Mum always says, Quote for the day….
So on that empowering note, I shall love you and leave you.
Barb x x x
Did you know…
A giraffe’s lungs are about eight times larger than a human’s lungs because if they were not, a giraffe would breathe the same air over and over again. Since the giraffe’s trachea is so long and narrow, there is a big volume of dead air in the giraffe. However, the giraffe’s breathing rate is about one-third slower than man’s breathing rate to help with this dead air problem. When a giraffe takes a new breath, the “old” breath is not totally expelled yet. The giraffe’s lungs must be larger to accomodate this “bad” air and still allow its respiratory and circulatory systems to get oxygen to all parts of its body.
See? It could always be worse! We could have 6ft long necks!!