Breath is essential for life. Breathing is an activity that we seldom think about. A daily practice of deep breathing is one of the best tools for improving your health and well-being.
Deep breathing stimulates the vagus nerve which in turn activates the parasympathetic nervous system.
When the parasympathetic system is more dominant, our body systems are flooded with a sense of calm, relaxation and renewed energy. This has both physical and mental health benefits.It can also alleviate the symptoms of common mental health issues (depression, anxiety, brain fog, etc.).
Deep breathing turns off the flight or flight response which in turn can lower blood pressure and heart rate.
When we breathe deeply, our body is in better control and we have a deeper sense of clarity. Our mind can think more clearly and calmly. Think of your breath as a built-in stress reducer.
When you body is in a calm state, you body works more optimally. In moments of calm, your immune system (and other systems) work more efficiently.
Deep breathing is like a reset button for our mind and body. When our body is calm, our brain can put more energy to focus and learning.