In every living moment, we are breathing. It’s automatic and it’s what keeps us alive.
However in our day to day life we tend to not breathe properly, breathing enough to live is different from breathing in a way that is optimal and healthy. Usually by the time we are 6 years old, we have forgotten how to breathe fully into our bellies. This is often caused by stressors and small to large traumatic moments, where we literally ‘hold our breath’ as children. Why is this important?
We tend to breathe too many times a minute, our breath is often shallow, and our exhalation is often too short. This impacts our mental & physical health in many ways. Many people inhale through the mouth – which has a negative impact on your overall wellbeing & health.
This type of breathing pattern, and many other non optimal breathing patterns are often learned patterns that we tend to repeat, as they help us to feel less of our emotions. Unfortunately this ends up creating more stress in our bodies by poor breathing and by not processing our emotions we become heavy with excess ‘emotional luggage’.