We all want to be healthier, happier and more energetic. Are you still looking for a magic pill that will take care of a bunch of your problems all at once? And do things like help boost your immune system, improve your digestion, improve your circulation, lower blood pressure, help you manage pain, reduce stress, sleep better, improved respiratory health, and much more?
Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? And if your doctor offered to write you a prescription for that “pill” I’m betting most people would take it.
Well, guess what? You’ve already got that magic pill! Listen to this week’s podcast below or keep reading to find out what it is!
The nice thing about this pill is there are no negative side effects or counterindications. It won’t impact any other medications you are already on and it’s safe for every person to use! Oh, and the best part – it’s totally free.
You’re probably thinking I’m going to tell you to exercise for an hour a day, or drink more water, or eat more vegetables. And yeah – you probably should do more of those things too, but that’s not the pill I’m talking about. I’m talking about deep breathing.
You don’t even have to get up off of your couch! You can spend anywhere from 1-10 minutes a day and have amazing benefits almost immediately. Have small kids? They are great deep breathing buddies! And what’s more, you’ll set them up to have great breathing habits their whole life.
We naturally breathe shallowly using about 1/3 of our lung capacity, and many people take short quick breaths which naturally puts our body into a chronic state of stress. And the worst part is – most people don’t even realize it.
When we set aside even 1 minute a day to focus on fully inflating and emptying our lungs, we are allowing our body to fall back into a parasympathetic (or rest & digest) state. In fact, it only takes two deep rib expanding breaths to start that transition from stressed to relaxed.
Do you have time to take two deep breaths each day? I certainly hope so!
The nice thing about deep breathing is you can do it anywhere at any time! While it’s nice to close your eyes while practicing deep breathing, it’s not necessary, which means you can do it while you are driving, or sending emails, or watching your kid’s basketball game. You can do it in the bathtub or shower, before bed, in your car, in the lineup at the store, anywhere!
If you didn’t listen to the podcast above, I’d love for you to scroll back up and skip ahead to the 5:45 mark as I lead you through a 1-minute deep breathing exercise that shows you just how simple it is. You can make it fancier by downloading meditations or breathing exercises to do, but for most people, I think using the KIS principle is best – let’s keep it simple and just breathe.
And then figure out where or when you can implement even just one minute of deep breathing in your day. Associate it with a specific activity makes it easier to build a habit. Personally, I like to do it before I go to sleep, but you do you Boo!
But if deep breathing isn’t part of your daily routine please consider adding it. It’s free, easy, has a very small time investment and can create huge health benefits.
Because le’s be honest if it was as easy as a pill to get all those benefits you’d do it.
So why not make it as easy as breathing? 😉