Benefits of deep breathing ~ lower your heart rate within seconds.
Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain that everything is okey around you. Your fight or flight responses on your stress goes silent and causes you to calm down and relax. Shallow breathing does the opposite.
Apart from calming your entire nervous system, what happens when you breathe deeply and calmly is that your brain receives more oxygen which improves your focus.
Benefits of Deep breathing:
- Deep breathing improves general health
- Deep breathing lowers blood pressure.
- Deep breathing slows your heart rate.
- Deep breathing releases endorphins to help you relax.
- Deep breathing can improve your energy level.
- Deep breathing helps to clean out the lungs.
- Deep breathing reduces anxiety.
- Deep breathing improves posture
- Deep breathing improves digestion and assimilation of food.
- Deep breathing strengthens the lungs.
- Deep breathing improves cellular regeneration.
- Deep breathing elevates moods and make you feel good.
- Deep breathing relieves pain.
- Deep breathing improves brain plasticity.
- Deep breathing aids weight loss.
Deep breathing releases endorphins ~ your brain is a healthy drug factory:
Endorphins are among the brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters, secreted by the pituitary gland, which function to transmit electrical signals within the nervous system. Endorphins interact with the opiate receptors in the brain to reduce our perception of pain and act similarly to drugs such as codeine. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run, workout or orgasm is often described as “euphoric.” They are sometimes referred to as the brain’s “feel-good” chemicals, and are the body’s natural painkillers.
Reduce stress and anxiety and improve focus
More than deep rhythmic breathing – which you can do while in a meeting or driving without anybody even noticing – deep breathing also goes by the names of diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal breathing, belly breathing, and paced respiration.
When you breathe deeply, the air coming in through your nose fully fills your lungs, and the lower belly rises. More scientific facts on nose-breathing.
The benefits of deep breathing are innumerable.
Breathing exercises have a variety of benefits for the body that not only make you healthier, but can reduce your stress and anxiety levels as well. If you’re feeling tired or are not able to focus on your work, deep-breathing exercises can help.
Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a state of calmness
Some helpful videos
More reading on deep breathing: Brain Performance Centers