In my practice, I like to work with the body wholistically. From this wholistic lens, how we move and use our body in the day to day affects the health of our tissues and systems. Habits that are repeated day in and day out can become a "tax" on the tissues and systems. A VERY common habit that I see in our bodies is breath holding. Chronic breath holding increases internal pressure and stresses the nervous, hormonal and immune systems. Over time, this can impair physical and psychological (our brains consume 20 % of the body's oxygen supply) function.
Break the habit of breath holding
Being in the present moment is the way out of breath holding!
Suggestions for breaking the habit of breath holding
- You can't talk and hold your breath at the same time (really, you can't) so sing or hum while cooking dinner or cleaning, etc.
- To prevent the tendency to breath hold with transitions such as getting out of bed/chair, bending, lifting & reaching: count out loud to 10 throughout the task, or you could just exhale on the effort phase of the movement.
- Pair a task that you do often throughout the day with breathing "low, slow and less": while you wash your hands, paused at a stop light, picking up the kids toys from the floor, etc.
- Simply just notice. When you are _______ can you find your breath and let that be your anchor to whatever you are doing.
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