Beyond the endless beauty products, the super foods, the latest workout craze, the spa treatments, the retreats, the natural supplements, the medication, and every other fix under the sun, there is one integral part of life most of us ignore (though it happens to be not only the simplest, but I believe, also the most effective). Breathing.
No really, I urge you to. While you’re probably skimming your eyes over these words as fast as possible, between checking emails, checking social media feeds, driving (yikes, be careful!), woofing down your lunch, or yet another activity that doesn’t have your full attention. I ask that you simply give yourself just ten seconds, right now, to just breathe.
Five slow counts in, five slow counts out.
There, doesn’t that feel good?
Breathing for most people is an unconscious process, largely characterized by its shallowness. But the quality and form of our breathing greatly enhances and communicates a lot about our emotional state.
A lot of the time we ignore the true callings of our body because emotions like stress very cleverly disguise our honest needs and turn them into dishonest actions (for example mindlessly reaching for sugary snacks throughout the day). Some of which include “chew ferociously,” “tap fingers on desk,” “stand up and walk around office really fast, end up at fridge.” Sound familiar?
Coming in to the body and coming in to the breath has unbelievable benefits for something that is so simple and easy to do:
Breathing deeply improves cellular regeneration, improving skin tissue firmness and density. Helloooo plump, younger looking skin!
Breathing deeply improves posture. Standing up straight is definitely sexier than slouching. When you engage your full diaphragm your shoulders are automatically drawn back and chin is lifted higher.
Breathing deeply improves digestion. When the stomach receives more oxygen, it operates more efficiently. Extra oxygen also helps burn excess fat.
Breathing deeply improves detoxification. Breathing the goodness in also helps the body release toxins like carbon dioxide from your bloodstream.
Breathing deeply improves moods. Happiness is not only infectious, it’s also extremely becoming.