DEEP BREATHING IS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL WAYS TO LOOK AND FEEL HEALTHIER…
Our breath is a powerful gift that comes free of charge at birth, with the ability to support our physical and mental well-being.
How? The pace of our breath controls the nerve that determines whether the nervous system is in a state of ‘fight and flight’ or ‘rest and digest’. In other words whether we feel anxious and stressed or calm and peaceful.
THE KEY TO FEELING CALMER IS HOW WE USE OUR BREATH
This means that when we are nervous, angry or stressed our breathing becomes shallow, which puts the whole body into a state of ‘fight and flight’. When this happens our body releases cortisol, the stress hormone.
Wondering why you feel so angry and uptight sometimes? Often these emotions start with feeling stressed, which speeds up our breathing and automatically places our nervous system in ‘fight or flight’.
Wondering why you can’t get a peaceful sleep? Once again it can often be the result of too much cortisol (the stress hormone) in your system brought on by feeling stressed.
IT TAKES JUST TWO MINUTES TO REDUCE STRESS AND FEEL BETTER
Breathing deeply and consciously can take the body from feeling anxious to a state of ‘rest and digest’ in less than a couple of minutes. By restoring the depth and fullness of our breathing we control our nervous system and in doing so, we can reduce our stress levels very quickly.
There are also great long-term benefits to this. We spend more of our time in a calmer state, which enables feelings of mental clarity. And by making us less reactive when things aren’t going the way we would like, we build mental fortitude.
3 KEYS TO GOOD HEALTH
Breathing well supports thinking well, feeling well and eating well!
Breathing deeply as a daily practice has given me a great deal of clarity in my life. As I sit quietly, it calms my mind, lowers my heart rate, reduces my stress levels, energises my body and supports my digestion. The even better news is that it can be done anywhere, at any time – whether you are alone or with people.
I have found that the practice of deep breathing connected me to my spirituality and gave me the ability to actively choose to feel peaceful on a day-to-day basis, even in the face of enormous stress.
This is what inspired me to write Stop Stress Fast and share the breathing technique I developed many years ago at a time when my health was showing me that the way I was living and the stress I was feeling had to change. (See Stop Stress Fast intro at gregorylandsman.com).
It is also what inspired me to teach my ‘de-stress breathing technique’ to those operating in high stress environments who need it the most.
Breathing correctly takes a little time but it is time well spent, as making small changes to the way we breathe delivers big health benefits both mentally and physically.
THE RIGHT BREATHING WILL IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH & MAKE YOU LOOK YOUNGER!
In terms of our overall health, it turns out that the way we breathe is as important as the food we eat, the water we drink and the exercise that we do.
Our breath sits at the core of how the body responds to all of it.
Breathing correctly before drinking a glass of water can calm the nervous system instantly.
Breathing correctly before we eat puts the body into the state of ‘rest and digest’, which supports absorption of the nutrients and healthy digestion.
Breathing correctly helps oxygenate the blood, which gives us more energy.
Breathing correctly lowers the release of the stress hormone cortisol and boosts the immune system.
Breathing correctly helps slow the aging process by protecting the skin from the damaging impacts of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline that are released when we are in ‘fight and flight’.
So while I can show people how to take years off the face naturally with my breathing techniques and the most powerful anti-aging foods, looking good is in many ways the side benefit that comes with de-stressing your body and your life.
BREATHING WELL IS A CHOICE
Yet despite all that our breath can deliver to us, it is one of the most under utilised resources at our daily disposal. Of course we take it for granted, we do it unconsciously and without even having to think about it.
But we can all make the choice to breathe deeply, consciously and with purpose and when we do, we witness incredible changes physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually that ultimately mean we are able to live a happier and healthier life.
Gregory Landsman Strop Stress Fast Philosophy
Every day we all get up to fight the good fight
We rise to a challenge and take risks when we need to
We work hard and play hard
We learn from our mistakes and live life with no regrets
We love and we laugh
We know when to hold on and when to move on
We do what we need to get the job done
We accept that daily living comes with stress but we handle it
We won’t give up if we can still stand up
We think in terms of possibilities and push past our limitations
We look after ourselves and the skin we are in
We understand that our health is like gold and our choices reflect it
We make the most of who we are and strive to be our best
We know what matters in life and we treasure it
Learn more at GregoryLandsman.com