I took a little blogging siesta, and am ready for a bright new season after a challenging week:
Quick question: when’s the last time you remember taking a full, refreshing breath?
Breath is an amazing gift that we often take for granted. It seems (like now) that we do it so effortlessly, yet while we’re breathing – even passively, our bodies are working tremendously.
When we purposefully take deep breaths, (like I had to remember to do recently) it enhances our internal environment, thought life and overflows into our words and actions.
Along with the obvious benefits, deep breathing:
- helps the mind be more clear
- rejuvenates and revitalizes the skin
- assists with circulation
- helps to tone and strengthen the core
The Q is actually the most challenging. When our thoughts start to race, our heart picks up the pace to try to match it. The nature of our thoughts is so important. What a daily lesson (for me too!)
We often instinctively take a deep breath to try to overcome a nervous moment or gear up for a possible confrontation or big interview. When someone is angry, one of the first things someone who cares about them will encourage them to do is to “take a deep breath” or “calm down.” When in labour, moms-to-be are reminded to “breathe” – full breaths, to short rapid ones.
For athletes, weightlifters, firefighters, divers (and photographers too), the breathing techniques may vary but the importance of purposeful application is key.
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Whether or not you’re a singer, being more conscious about the 3Ps and a Q of breathing can assist with calming anxious thoughts and refreshing the mind. It’s also a topic I enjoy speaking on at women’s events.
Here’s that question again: when’s the last time you remember taking a full, refreshing breath?
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