Is Breathing Making You Sick?

No, I’m not talking about all the air pollution I am talking about your actual breathing. Consider if you have had any of the following symptoms even though you otherwise have a clean bill of health:

  • Lack of focus or concentration, inability to think, poor memory, learning deficits
  • Emotions that seem unwarranted such as anxiety, anger, panic, apprehension, worry, crying, low mood, frustration, performance anxiety, phobia, generalized anxiety
  • Feeling stressed, more than your circumstances can justify including tenseness, acute fatigue, chronic fatigue, effort syndrome weakness, headache, burnout
  • Blurred vision without explanation, dry mouth without cause, sound seems distant, reduced pain threshold
  • Feelings of dizziness, loss of balance, fainting, black-out, confusion, disorientation, disconnectedness, hallucinations, traumatic memories, self-esteem, personality shifts
  • Feeling weak, tired or in pain with no known reason
  • Trembling, twitching, shivering or feeling cold even in a warm climate
  • Sweatiness even though you may be in a cool environment
  • Heart palpitations, increased heart rate, angina Symptoms, arrhythmias
  • Nonspecific pain
  • Seemingly low immunity system even though you are otherwise healthy, taking vitamins, resting well and otherwise taking care of yourself

All of these symptoms could be because you are not, or have not been breathing properly. Many instances of this can be found in Bi-Polar Disorder, Panic Attacks and PTSD, but also shows up regardless of these conditions. You might notice them whenever you feel stressed, angry or even tired. Unfortunately, there is little education about healthy breathing, even in many clinical settings. Due to the profound impact breathing has on your mind, mood and physical health though, it pays to pursue learning and practicing the proper breathing style.

Proper Breathing Techniques

  1. Correct your posture so your ears are in line with your shoulders and head feels pulled up from the neck, just to a comfortable level. Then, center shoulders over your ribcage, and ribcage over your hips, whether sitting or standing.
  2. Feel as if your heart is fully open, without ruining your posture.
  3. For practice sake, place your right hand on your heart and your left hand on your belly, about belly button level.
  4. Start to breathe in slowly and naturally through your nose in a way that fills up your belly first, then your lungs. You can help feel that with how your hands are placed.
  5. Breathe out by allowing the belly air and then the lungs.
  6. This should be comfortable, natural and relaxed breathing, making very slight adjustments to continue to slow it down and keep it as belly breathing.

Proper Breathing Practice

It might sound funny to practice breathing, I mean, without breathing you wouldn’t be alive to read this would you? But proper breathing practice is important to strengthen and improve on the proper techniques. Many people use meditation to help enhance this practice. Try it out for yourself for even three minutes a day.

Make it a point to check in with yourself throughout the day to monitor your breathing, especially during times of stress, anger or sleepiness. Making quick corrections can immediately improve your mood and how your mind functions, not to mention the physical health benefits.

Please share this information with others because unhealthy breathing is at an epidemic proportion. Breathing making you sick or others sick will become a thing of the past. Other than air pollution, but that is a horse of a different color.

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