Breathe Journal Entry #1— My Diaphragm Breathing Journey is Underway!
This week in my journal and in my life, I am intensely focused on my breathing. To be specific, I am focused on diaphragm breathing as well as on some other yoga breathing techniques. Indeed, I am so intrigued by breathing at this juncture in my life that I have undertaken a 12-week training program to explore and, ultimately, improve my breathing skills.
Breathing is the foundation of life. Many of us take our breath for granted and don’t really think about it all that much. For this reason and beyond, I’m bringing awareness to my breath in a conscious and intentional way.
Not too long ago, I became aware that I was holding my breath throughout the day and that I was chest breathing (or shallow breathing) and, oddly, this was not due to stress or tension or anything along those lines that was happening at the time. I was just breathing shallowly. The best assessment I came up with is that over the years I had formed some bad breathing habits.
Upon becoming aware of these bad habits, I began to wonder how my day-to-day life could be improved by simply improving how deeply and fully I take a breath.
There are many wonderful benefits to full, diaphramatic breathing. Benefits of proper breathing include lower stress levels, a decrease in anxiety, improved sleep, and increased happiness. There are even studies that have proven that breathing techniques can even help reduce the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Enter the breath training program.
Breath Training & Breathing Exercises
The first week of breath training focused on relaxation breathing techniques which were fun and easy to practice. The second week’s practice brought great attention to the diaphragm. This is when I became acutely aware that my diaphragm is pretty weak and could use some conditioning. Enter the diaphragm breathing training.
For nearly a week I have been highly focused on shifting my breathing from chest respiration to deep belly breathing and breathing exercises to strengthen my diaphragm muscle. A strong diaphragm muscle is central to powerful and effective diaphragm breathing (for obvious reasons, right?).
I’m excited to see where my breath training will take me and to see what results I get from it. For now, however, my focus is to do my training exercises every day. Consistency is the key to success just as it is in a physical exercise program. So before this day gets away from me, I better wrap up this journal entry so I can fit in my breath training for the day!
There are loads of diaphragm breathing resources online. Here is some information I found on Diaphragmatic Breathing through a quick Google search on the topic.
The diaphragm is the most efficient muscle of breathing. It is a large, dome-shaped muscle located at the base of the lungs. Your abdominal muscles help move the diaphragm and give you more power to empty your lungs. Diaphragmatic breathing is intended to help you use the diaphragm correctly while breathing to:
- Strengthen the diaphragm
- Decrease the work of breathing by slowing your breathing rate
- Decrease oxygen demand
- Use less effort and energy to breathe
3-Step Diaphragmatic Breathing Technique:
This breathing exercise is quick, simple and easy to fit into daily life. There is so much to gain from improving your breathing habits — and from strengthening your diaphragm muscle — and I’d love it if you would join me on my journey to better breathing.
Until next time, diaphragmatically breathe on 😉
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