We’ve been focused on some de-stressing activities lately. It seems that there is so much anger, stress, and frustration around that I’ve been trying to stick with this theme. I hope it has been helpful. It has been to me as I explore some of the topics. Today it is a simple behavior we do without even noticing it – breathing. An awareness of your breathing from time to time can have some real benefits. I jotted down just a few:
1. Breathing Releases Tension
Think how your body feels when you are tense, angry, scared or stressed. It constricts. Your muscles get tight and your breathing becomes shallow. When your breathing is shallow you are not getting the amount of oxygen that your body needs.
2. Deep Breathing Releases Toxins
Your body is designed to release 70% of its toxins through breathing – 70%, isn’t that amazing? If you are not breathing effectively, you are not properly ridding your body of its toxins. Other systems in your body must work overtime which could eventually lead to other complications. When you exhale air from your body you release carbon dioxide that has been passed through from your bloodstream into your lungs. Carbon dioxide is a natural waste of your body’s metabolism.
3. Breathing Relieves Emotional Problems
Breathing will help clear uneasy feelings out of your body. You begin to notice things more clearly and feel more fully.
4. Breathing Relaxes the Mind/Body and Brings Clarity
Oxygenation of the brain reducing excessive anxiety levels. Pay attention to your breathing, let’s say during your prayer time. Breathe slowly, deeply and purposefully into your body. Notice any muscles that are tight and breathe into them. Relax your body, you may find that the breathing brings clarity and insights to you as well.
That’s just four – there are more. In the First Testament the Spirit of God was called רוּחַ – ruach, like a wind or breath that is blown into our lungs to animate us and make us alive. So take time to slow down a bit and breathe when you need to and release some of the stress that builds up.