Posted by Lisa Bowen on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 Under: Events
World Breathing Day – highlighting the importance of breathing well – is today, February 3rd. It joins International Breathe Through Your Nose Week in late September to make up the two "holidays" we commemorate over the year.
In the U.S., according to conservative statistics, more than 70 percent of us are struggling with conditions exacerbated by poor breathing habits -- including asthma, allergies, snoring, sleep apnea, migraines and anxiousness.
Unfortunately, most people haven't been educated to recognize breathing style as a factor despite telltale signs such as
- fatigue even after a full night's sleep
- a regular stuffed or runny nose
- shortness of breath while talking or doing other activities that are not strenuous
The rules of breathing often run contrary to popular wisdom. For instance, deep breathing is not better breathing when it comes to health, it turns out. With all the stress we’re living under, a researcher found we’re actually breathing twice as much air per minute as our ancestors did in the early 1900s.
When we get worked up, we breathe more. And there’s a lot to get worked up about these days, from personal trials and unraveling social-support networks to political upheaval and climate change.
So many of us are regularly hyperventilating -- continually living in the fight-or-fight state that takes over the body in an emergency and was designed to last only a couple minutes as a coping mechanism in times of great physical danger.
The good news is that there are breathing practices to restore balance, and regular attention to them calms the autonomic nervous system, allowing the body to rest in a state that allows self-healing and repair.
The medical community has detailed the qualities of healthy breathing and they’re no different than ancient Chinese and Yogic texts reported for daily living. Healthy breathing is regular, slow, nasal breathing that is powered from the diaphragm.
World Breathing Day started five years ago in Scandinavia with a meeting of breathing educators in Sweden teaching what they know. They are gathering again today.
The three symptoms I mentioned above are only the top of the iceberg! Explore this blog more and discover if your situation warrants more attention to how you breathe than you might have thought.
Focusing on effective breathing offers a lot of benefit for an activity that's free. Try it if you haven't already!
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