There are small actions you can take – even while driving – that will help you breathe better.
Why it matters
Good quality breathing is free medicine. It gives free maintenance to your body.
- You take about 670 million breaths in your lifetime; science shows that each breath really matters
- Breathing well impacts your overall health and every part of your body’s ability to function.
- Inhaling tops up the oxygen in your body and relaxes your muscles. Exhaling deep breaths ‘takes out the rubbish’ from your body when you are not sleeping.
- Controlling your breathing can slow your heart rate, calm your thoughts and focus your thinking. Three deep breaths releases stress from your body.
What should I do?
- Take 3 deep breaths hourly – schedule it.
- Breathe through your nose – practice it.
- Slow your breathing – practice it.
How should I do it?
Take 3 deep breaths hourly – schedule it and set reminders on your phone.
- When you take deep breaths, first breathe into your belly, then push out your ribcage with your breath and finally fill the tops of your lungs by letting your shoulders rise a little.
- Breathe in through your nose as you count slowly to 4 – fill your lungs until you can’t fill any more. Hold for 4. Breathe out through your nose as you count slowly to 4 – squeeze your lungs empty starting with your belly, then your ribs and finally the top near your shoulders until you can’t empty any more. Hold for 4. Repeat.
- Breathe through your nose to make breathing easier. The more you do the easier it gets.
- Breathe through your nose to clean, heat and moisten air so your lungs can top up the oxygen in your body more easily.
- Breathe in through your nose and back out through your nose.
Slow your breathing – practice it for 2 minutes daily, more if you can.
- Aim for 6 breaths per minute (1 breath = air in and out).