Most of us pay no attention to how we are breathing. It’s just something our body does automatically. But often our breathing is too shallow, which is not good for our health.
Deep breathing should be a part of your everyday life. It will help you live longer as well as make you happier, more productive and energetic.
Proper breathing should be deep, slow, rhythmic and done through the nose, not the mouth. In addition, you must try to breathe deeply into your abdomen, not just your chest.
Deep breaths should last 3 to 5 seconds breathing in and 3 to 5 seconds breathing out.
Deep breathing is also known as diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal breathing, belly breathing and paced respiration.
A good thing about this is that you can do it anywhere at any time and it doesn’t cost anything! Even a short session of 10 minutes of deep breathing 2 or 3 times a day will have a huge impact on your physical and mental health.
With a little effort, deep breathing can become an easy and unconscious part of your daily life. Initially, you need to focus on your breath and soon you will start breathing deeper without having to think about it at all.
How to Do Deep Breathing
Deep breathing is very easy to do and you can learn it easily.
To perform it:
Lie down on your back in a comfortable place free from any kind of distraction.
Put your hands on your abdomen (to feel your way through the exercise) and try to relax your muscles.
Inhale deeply through your nose, expanding your abdomen and then filling your lungs with air. Count slowly to 5 as you inhale.
Hold your breath and count to 3.
Exhale slowly through your mouth and empty your lungs completely. Again, count slowly to 5 as you exhale and try to release any tension from your muscles.
Continue to inhale and exhale deeply for 5 to 10 minutes.
Perform this exercise once in the morning and again before going to bed.
Laying down at the beginning is best but you can also do this while sitting. Try to practice once or twice a day, always at the same time, in order to establish a habit.
You can also watch this video to help understand the procedure of diaphragmatic breathing.
How to Do Deep Breathing and Its Advantages