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Day 9 of 12 Days of Christmas Kindness: De-stressing this Christmas

We can live without food weeks, and without water for days, but we can’t live without the breath for more than a few minutes. It’s no wonder they call it ‘the breath of life!’. Breathing happens unconsciously, so we don’t need to think about doing it; however, this is the one system in the body that we can manipulate to affect the nervous system. By doing so, we can drastically improve the health of our bodies, feel more energised and manage stress.   

Top 3 Reasons to breathe more consciously: 

  • Reduces stress and has a calming effect
    By slowing the rhythm of breathing we can affect the nervous system by initiating the parasympathetic nervous system response, which is to rest, heal and digest. When we experience stress or anxiety, the breathing tends to speed up and become shallow, which activates the sympathetic nervous system, the fight, flight or freeze response. 

    If you are feeling stressed or anxious, try to breathe a little deeper and slower and this can help to calm and relax you. Just 3 minutes is enough to make a big impact on your mental wellbeing and clarity of mind. 

  • Optimises the body’s vital systems
    As the whole of the body’s organs require oxygen to function, improving the way we breathe can optimise the transportation and uptake of oxygen within the cells. Breathing is vital for producing energy for movement, cognition and functions such as digestion and immunity.

    When you wake up in the morning, take the time to breathe deep into the abdomen, filling every corner of your chest with breath. When you exhale, be sure to breathe out every last drop of breath and begin the cycle again. Do this 5-10 times and draw the energy and intention of the day in and imagine your body becoming strong and healthy with this life giving source. 
  • Promotes better quality of sleep
    When we breathe better, energy is improved so we can get more out of our day. When our energy is used productively, we can rest easier. Also, if we are less stressed, this promotes more opportunity for quality rest. We need quality sleep so that our bodies can carry out essential repairs and maintenance, imagine sleep as a rejuvenation activity!

    When you get into bed at night, try this simple breathing practice to help prepare the body for rest. Breathe in for the count of 4, gently hold for the count of 4, then slowly breathe out for the count of 6. Do this 5-10 times or until you gently drift off to sleep.

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