I started going to a chiropractor in March of this year after a sudden onset of low back pain. My chiropractor has done wonders restoring my back to pain-free living. He is also very helpful with other health suggestions. Just the other day my asthma came back with a vengeance (it has been at least 10 years since I have had any issues) I was put back on inhalers and other medicine to regulate it immediately. My chiro suggested that I start practicing deep breathing exercises to help relieve my symptoms.
Just a few days later my friend Lindsay Dahl asked me and some other friends and writers if we want to participate in a 30 day deep breathing challenge. Now that was fate stepping in saying a doctor told you to do it and now a bunch of your friends are going to do it everyday and write and tweet about it. I am in!
So what is deep breathing? Exactly what it sounds like deep breaths in and exhaling. My chiro explained to me that I should inhale through my nose as that causes the diaphragm to move down and fill up your lungs with more oxygen. Exhaling can be whatever feels best out the mouth or nose. Repeat as often as you want as long as you feel comfortable.
How often and how long do you do it? It does not really matter, some people do it for a few minutes several times a day and others do it just once a day.
Where should I do it? Where you want to. Some people feel it is a good thing to do right when they wake up and others think they should do it right before you go to bed while others want to do it at their desk at work. Some people like to do it in silence while others can do it in the middle of a busy park. Think about how and where you most want to relax, I can personally see benefits to all scenarios and see myself practicing deep breathing in many different ways during the challenge.
Why should I do it? Deep breathing exercises have been proven to lowering blood pressure, slowing a fast heart rate, making you sweat less, and helping with digestion. Lowering stress is something we call can do so it is worth a few minutes of your time in the day.
Want to join us? Follow #breathedeep to see what everyone is doing you may be inspired. Do what comes naturally and feels comfortable. See Lindsay’s post on her blog LindsayDahl.com
Do you have any advice for me and the others participating?