When we are stressed, angry or anxious, we might experience rapid, shallow breathing, tightened muscles, and other negative symptoms. Not only do these unpleasant symptoms feel bad, they may also lead to heart problems, sleeplessness, increased blood pressure, infections and autoimmune diseases in the long run, if experienced repeatedly.
Luckily, deep breathing can help you avoid these unpleasant symptoms and diseases. But what exactly does deep breathing do for you? Here’s a list:
- It relaxes your muscles
It is hard to maintain physical tension when breathing deeply.
- It improves oxygen delivery
When you are relaxed and breathing deeply, fresh oxygen is supplied to every cell in your body. This leads to better functionality of body organs, as well as enhanced mental focus and physical strength.
- It lowers blood pressure
As your muscles release tension as a result of deep breathing, your blood vessels expand and your blood pressure is normalized.
- It causes endorphins’ release
Deep breathing causes the release of endorphins, thus increasing the sensations of comfort and relieving pain.
- It detoxifies
Taking long and deep breaths helps improve lymphatic system function which boosts dangerous toxin release, thus cleansing the body and allowing it to focus its energy to more fruitful tasks.
So, breathe deeply and live more joyfully!