3 Profound Health Benefits of Deep Breathing and How to Achieve Them

How this seemingly automatic behaviour helps you control your mind

Anu Kumar

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Small changes can lead to profound benefits and improvements. Likewise, they can also massively affect your negatively. You might automatically think of habits such as setting out your clothes the night before to prevent decision fatigue. You will notice a significant decrease in anxiety when you plan tomorrow’s tasks.

But there’s one thing you need to change if you want to see improvements in every part of your life.

You need to change the way you breathe.

“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

You probably take your breath for granted. You might think that breathing is automatic and thoughtless. If that sounds familiar, you and many others living in the Western world, have been breathing the wrong way. And your health is suffering for it.

Think about the last time you watched a sleeping baby breathe. Babies take deep, relaxing breaths from the abdomen. This is the correct way to breathe.

When we’re younger, proper breathing is natural. However, we change the way we breathe as we age. Now, your breath is shallower and not relaxing, and over time negatively affects your health.

“Long-term shallow breathing can actually keep the body in a cycle of stress, affecting everything from mental to physical health and even susceptibility to illness. While we shouldn’t stay in a prolonged state of controlled breath, starting the practice for a few moments per day can make you more conscious of your habits outside of the exercise.” Headspace, mindfullness app

Taking on a deep breathing practice can help you in different situations in life. These are the biggest benefits you’ll reap once you start a mindful breathing practice.

1. Deep Breathing Mitigates an…

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Anu Kumar

I write about books, culture, behaviors, and practical self improvement. Words + Fiction @ par-desi.com.