As much as I talk about remembering to breathe, I’m guilty of forgetting to breathe. On numerous occasions personal trainers at the gym have said to me, “Breathe, Roger.”
My old habit has been to hold my breath as I pump the iron. That of course is the exact opposite of what I should do to be most effective.
For a number of years now, the hypnosis suggestion that I give to myself most frequently is, “I am present and conscious in my body.” That means, I am aware of my feet on the floor, my butt in the chair and aware of my breath.
I imagine bringing my breath deep into my body, about three fingers below my navel and midway between my front and back.
“For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth.” ~Sanskrit proverb
Deep breathing benefits
The documented benefits of a regular practice of simple, deep breathing include:
- Reduced anxiety and depression
- Lower/stabilized blood pressure
- Increased energy levels
- Muscle relaxation
- Decreased feelings of stress and overwhelm
When you are experiencing stress and anxiety, you trigger your sympathetic nervous system. It’s as if you are being chased by that saber-toothed tiger. Your fight-or-flight response kicks in high gear giving you a burst of energy to respond to the perceived danger.
Your breathing becomes shallow and rapid. Your body produces a surge of hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine (adrenaline), which increases your blood pressure and pulse rate. You are on high alert.
When you breathe slow and deep, you activate the parasympathetic nervous system. This reverses the stress response in your body. Deep breathing stimulates the main nerve in the parasympathetic nervous system—the vagus nerve—slowing down your heart rate, lowering your blood pressure, and calming your body and mind.
Not only is deep breathing more relaxing, it is more efficient. It allows higher volumes of oxygen to reach your body’s cells and tissues.
Deep breathing helps to calm and slow down the emotional turbulence in the mind and can have an immediate effect on diffusing emotional energy. The result is that you have less reactivity to your emotions.
Tony Robbins teaches us that “70% of the toxins inside of your body are removed through the lungs. Breath is the key to physical and mental well-being, and if done properly, it can boost energy, relieve pain, and transform our lives.
To maintain your body’s optimal health, your cells must be oxygenated through proper breathing.”
Robbins says to take 10 “power breaths” three times a day in the following ratio: Inhale for 5 seconds, hold for 20 seconds and exhale for 10 seconds.
Breath and the Greatest Expression of You
I incorporate Tony Robbins’ 10 Power Breaths into my own Greatest Expression of You process. I begin the Power Breaths as I read my statement and continue with the 10 breaths while I memorize Joy and Mentally Rehearse my day.
Clients who do this have given me very positive feedback. And I’ve noticed that my breath is more relaxed and deeper into my body throughout the day.
Anytime you become aware of a tight gut, chest, neck or wherever you feel anger, hurt, fear and sadness in your body, use that as a cue to breathe and focus back on the Joy.
Remembering to breathe is an ideal way for you to be in control of your thoughts, your emotions and your behavior. Breathe well and be your Best Self!
Your Hypnosis Health Info Hypnotic Suggestion for today:
I breathe well.
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