Scientific Benefits of Breathing

Breathing is the single most important act that we do every day. We cannot go even 3 minutes without breathing. However, we do not pay much attention to breathing since it happens automatically. There is a lot more to breath than we know. In particular, it is a powerful way to control the mind.

We intuitively know this : it is why we commonly use expressions like “take a deep breath” when people are anxious or angry is common. Scientific research is showing that breathing may just be the secret to better health and a more peaceful and productive mind.

Here’s how breathing helps you control your mind :

  • Neither in school, at work or at home have we been taught how to deal with strong emotions like anger, anxiety or fear.
  • We can try to “talk ourselves” out of these states but think about how successful you are at talking yourself out of a state of rage or nervousness. It’s hard!
  • Research shows that the breath, however, can help! Since it is so difficult “talk” our way out of our feelings, we can learn to “breathe” our way through them.
  • One study showed that different emotions are linked to different patterns of breath and that, conversely, changing the breath can change our emotions! In other words, breath is a secret to regulating and gaining control over our emotions! We can change how we feel using our breath.

Of course, breathing is not the answer to every medical problem. But, the breath isn’t something Western medicine should blow off. It’s a powerful tool for influencing individual health and well-being. And the best part is all the ingredients are free and literally right under your nose.

23 Comments Add yours

  1. Tamrindleaves says:

    Hi

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  2. This is great information! Thank!

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  3. candidkay says:

    I’ve recently begun yoga nidra and with it, discovered alternate nostril breathing. Amazing how it really does calm you in a way nothing else does.

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  4. Great read! I just wrote a piece about breathing..

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  5. gpavants says:

    Hi Garima,

    It makes me think of that Sting song, Every Breath You Take. The little things move so many other huge issues, like taking the next breath when uncertainty arises

    Thank you,

    Gary

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  6. Akib says:

    people have forgotten how to breathe.

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    1. Garima says:

      Ah yes Akib. They have.

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  7. Vihani says:

    I totally agree with you Garima! This method has helped me a lot during my difficult times, but I had lost touch with it recently. Thank you very much for bringing back the reminder 😊 Have a nice day!! Xx

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    1. Garima says:

      I am glad you found it useful Vihani. Take a deep breath in. Now let it out. You may notice a difference in how you feel already. Your breath is a powerful tool to ease stress and make you feel less anxious. Some simple breathing exercises can make a big difference if you make them part of your regular routine.

      Before you get started, keep these tips in mind:

      Choose a place to do your breathing exercise. It could be in your bed, on your living room floor, or in a comfortable chair.
      Don’t force it. This can make you feel more stressed.
      Try to do it at the same time once or twice a day.
      Wear comfortable clothes.
      Many breathing exercises take only a few minutes. When you have more time, you can do them for 10 minutes or more to get even greater benefits.

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes Mark. Breathing is underrated.
      Breathing is a necessity of life that usually occurs without much thought. When you breathe in air, blood cells receive oxygen and release carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is a waste product that’s carried back through your body and exhaled. Improper breathing can upset the oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange and contribute to anxiety, panic attacks, fatigue, and other physical and emotional disturbances.

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      1. Mark Tulin says:

        Thank you, Garima. May we all breathe fully and correctly.

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  8. mcarten says:

    Sometimes when I feel lost I tell myself just breathe. It helps me😊

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    1. Garima says:

      Breathing always helps Carten. There are lots of breathing exercises you can do to help relax. The first exercise below—belly breathing—is simple to learn and easy to do. It’s best to start there if you have never done breathing exercises before. The other exercises are more advanced. All of these exercises can help you relax and relieve stress.

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      1. Garima says:

        Most welcome.

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  9. KRITIKA says:

    I agree. We should take time to focus on our breathing.

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes Kritika. It’s the essence of life which is highly underrated.

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      1. KRITIKA says:

        Yes. I agree. 👍

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