You many know this already, but I LOVE to talk about breathing. J It is one of my favorite topics to talk and write about!
Here is the scoop with breathing! Disconnection from our breath is one of the very first things we do when we want to protect ourselves from feeling any emotional pain.
We hold our breath when we are sad or are about to cry, we hold our breath at work when stressed out, we hold our breath to hold back anger….and the list goes on!
When we disconnect from our breath, it is difficult to feel what is on-going in our body when the breath is restricted and it forces us to stay in our head.
Unprocessed emotions can be stored in our bodies and cause emotional and/or physical pain. Breathing allows us to release emotions to create space for new and amazing things to happen in our lives. J
Just to give a quick overview, here are just a few benefits breathing has for us!
- Detoxifies and releases toxins.
- Relaxes the mind and brings in clarity.
- Relieves emotional problems.
- Relieves pain and tension.
- Boosts energy.
- Strengthens immune system.
- Increases digestion.
- Helps with weight loss.
- Elevates mood.
- Reduces stress hormones in the body.
- Lowers blood pressure.
And the list goes on and on and on…..
So, clearly, connecting with our breath is incredibly beneficial to both our physical and emotional well-being!
However, there are some things about breath that most people are not aware of, such as our breath patterns actually have a lot of feedback to share with us!
4 Different Types of Breath Patterns and What They Say About You!
Short inhales – long exhales:
- This could be an indicator that you are very comfortable with giving but not very comfortable at receiving.
- It can also be an indicator you over give.
- If this is true for you, one thing you can do is practice receiving! Practice receiving breath first and then practice receiving love, attention, and support from others!
Short exhales and long inhales:
- This can be an indicator you may have a difficult time letting go and
- It may mean you tend to hang on longer than you need to – in relationships, life situations, etc.
- If this is true for you, one thing you can do is practice letting go with your exhale. Practice getting comfortable with the releasing and the empty space that gets created when you let go.
- This can be an indicator you hold your feelings back and that you have a fear of life and living. It can also be an indicator you are cutting yourself off from the full experiences of living.
- If this is true for you, one thing you can practice is breathing fully and feeling all of your emotions.
- The more you can start to breathe and feel, the more you can get comfortable with the experiences of being a participant in life and living fully!
- If your breathing is shallow, high in your chest and you feel as though you are in fight or flight mode, this can be an indicator there is fear and lack of trust.
- If this is true for you, practice moving your breathing down to your belly and say, “ I trust and have faith in myself, spirit and spiritual connections (whatever that may mean for you).”
As I am sure you already know, there are tons of meditations and guided imageries you can purchase on the Internet! I would lovingly encourage you to start with a simple guided imagery or breathing exercise to get started. I must admit, when I started breathing, I found it to be extremely difficult! Click here for my free, guided breathing exercise today! It definitely took some practice! You may just want to take a couple of minutes each day to breathe…for some; any more than a couple of minutes to start off with is overwhelming.
I hope you found this to be helpful and, of course, I would love to hear from you if you have any thoughts, comments or questions!
Ronda Stevens is a licensed mental health therapist, certified health & wellness coach, certified holistic coach and founder of Ready, Set, Live Holistic Life and Wellness Coaching! Ronda has years of experience with compassionately guiding and supporting people make changes that dramatically improve and change lives! To learn more, please visit her website at www.getreadysetlive.com. You can call contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is also available via phone at 1-800-558-7080.