Conscious breathing practice can lead to many positive benefits for anyone trying to make the most of their day. However, even the best technique can fall victim to poor circumstances or surroundings.
Building a more positive lifestyle is about making incremental changes to your day for the better. Daily habits that change or become introduced are essential. While it may not seem like a massive deal for each small change, the result of multiple positive habits is greater than the sum of their parts.
In today's blog, we’ll look at some of the vital daily routines we can all use to improve our breathing and make our breathwork techniques more effective. If you’re looking to maximize your breathing practice or just want to learn some new positive habits, then this is the blog for you!
It’s All in the Nose
Using your nose to breathe seems like a super-obvious idea, but everyone can be guilty of the occasional moment of mouth-breathing here and there. Unfortunately, when exercising, mouth-breathing can be a lot more prevalent as well.
Of course, breathing with your mouth open when exercising vigorously is okay, but it’s better to breathe with your nose otherwise. Your nose naturally filters the air you breathe in, allowing for a far more natural breathing rhythm and making it easier to achieve accurate results with a controlled breathing practice.
Adopt Better Posture
Our postures are incredibly important and do much more than dictate our back pain or aching level. Posture is vital to good breathing practice and allows the diaphragm to operate optimally and without constriction.
Always ensure that your back is upright and your shoulders are back and down while ensuring your chin is raised and your jaw, neck, and shoulders are relaxed.
Stop Excessive Sighing/Yawning
Sighing and yawning here and there can be a common sign of tiredness. Still, excessive sighing and yawning throughout the day can be a sign of anxiety and potentially worsen the situation.
Take note of your sighing or yawning throughout the day, and take a moment to consider whether this is rooted in something else. Excessive sighing and yawning can be a sign of chronic hyperventilation and can be deceptively faltering to your day and lifestyle if left unchecked.
Anxiety can build up over time and have a marked effect on your breathing habits if left unchecked for long enough. One of the best ways to counter this is to maintain a daily routine of stress-relieving activity in your day. This can be simple, like a short walk outside or a mindfulness exercise in a quiet space.
For more information regarding how to manage your breathing for a more effective lifestyle, visit our other blogs here at The Exhale to get the latest tips and tricks. For free guided breathing exercises that you can take anywhere, try out the Breathwrk app here and enjoy a FREE 7-day trial with access to everything we have to offer!
And remember: Breathe Better, Live Better.