There’s no escaping it – we’re all overly stressed. Surviving a global pandemic and the rigors of quarantining, the rising costs of everything, racial and social upheaval, political divisiveness, and the foibles of daily living have us all on the hairy edge of a major meltdown.
In a nutshell, intentional breathing reverses nearly everything that chronic stress does to our bodies. Wellness expert Andrew Weil once stated that, “If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly.”
Have you ever heard of the vagus nerve? Most people haven’t. However, you might want to learn about this important nerve. If you can properly do a little vagus nerve stimulation, you will find that you feel much better most days. There are multiple non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation options available. And the best part is you can easily do vagus nerve stimulation at home.
For years I’ve been telling anyone who would listen about the power of slow, deep, mindful breathing – – how it can calm a worried mind, help protect your health, and speed up the healing process. It is something I’ve focused on and practiced for years.
With the relentless and vicious COVID-19 still breathing down our necks, much has been made not only about our respiration, but also about blood-oxygen saturation, or O2-sat. These levels are measured by frontline healthcare workers in critical care settings and emergency rooms who employ a device called a pulse oximeter. Their use has piqued the interest of many people curious about their own O2-sat levels.
Do you ever pay attention to your breathing? If you are like many people, you do not. However, not focusing on your breathing will have you taking shallow breaths throughout the day. While this is okay, it is better if you practice deep breathing exercises. Those deep breaths are considered part of diaphragmatic breathing.
OMG! Wasn’t it just Fourth of July? But now the leaves are all over the yard and the pumpkin is rotting on the front porch. The holidays are here again.
The holiday season can be a mixed bag for many people. It is a time to focus on the things that are really important – family, friends and the multitude of blessing we enjoy.
We’ve come back to this topic a number of times as new information arises, but this one clearly takes the cake. Countless people have shared personal stories of how the breath can be used to manage pain, and many women point to their experiences with childbirth as a prime example, but I’m voting for this […]
It is not unusual to hear people talking about “time management.” Most of us try to jam far too much into the hours available to us, thinking that if we could more effectively manage every single second of our day, we could finally catch up and relax. Late breaking news flash: It’s not going to […]