Exploring the Benefits of Deep Breathing

Published: 22nd January 2008
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Feeling stressed, rushed and restless? Most of us do at some time or another, but when it becomes a regular event it can start having a detrimental effect on our health. Exercise is a great antidote to these kinds of feelings, but the problem is that our lives are so busy nowadays it can be difficult to find the time to fit any in.

Fortunately there are ways in which we can feel better about ourselves, calm our thoughts and generally improve our wellbeing, without even moving from our desk. We can even do it in our car before we drive to work in the morning; or maybe in bed last thing at night before we go to sleep.

The solution is deep breathing. Not only can it benefit our health, it is a quick and easy solution for reducing stress levels whenever they begin to rise. Breathing in through your nose and holding it briefly before letting the air back out through your mouth is the ideal way to do this; practising doing it slowly is the key to success.

It will help you even more if you pay attention to your environment when you do your deep breathing exercises. If your office has air conditioning, for example, you will improve your health even more, as it has the ability to cleanse the air and rid it of any impurities as well as cooling the atmosphere down to make it more comfortable.

Some people who suffer from certain afflictions such as hay fever for example actually get air conditioning installed in their homes, as it helps to rid the air of the pollen which makes the condition worse. Even indoors, deep breathing exercises can set off a nasty bout of hay fever in sufferers who don't use air conditioning.

While air conditioning can benefit the health of people with specific respiratory problems like this, it benefits the rest of us too. Germs and bacteria find it much harder to thrive in air conditioned rooms, as the filters on the systems capture all the undesirable elements in the air - making sure it only sends clean, clear air back into the room.

Over time you will notice the benefits of doing regular deep breathing exercises on a daily basis in an air conditioned environment. Not only will your health improve, you will feel calmer and clearer, sharper and more alert. Many modern offices and working environments are now air conditioned as well, so make sure you take advantage of it while you are working.

The great thing about deep breathing exercises is that you can do them sitting at your desk - and no one need ever know. They might just notice the reduction in your stress levels though.

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