Braincare pillar 2: Breath
Why is breath important?
We breathe all the time. Literally. But when was the last time you thought about your breathing for more than a minute or two?
Our breathing patterns tell our brains whether they should be worried or not. They work in tandem with stress hormones to prepare us for a dangerous situation. But, we can also use that same mechanism to calm ourselves down. Control the breathing, control the mindset.
We’ve put together some resources to demonstrate the power of breath. Take a look below.
Our favourite resources on breathing.
Yoga has something of a serene reputation, and a lot of that is down to the breathing. Normally, we take between 12 and 20 breaths a minute. While practising yoga, that drops to six. Yoga breathing exercises are a fantastic way to learn to calm our breath, and ease our stress response in the process.
On this episode of the Braincare podcast, we talk to breathwork coach Jamie Clements. He shares his tips and techniques for using breathing to improve our mental and physical well-being.
Deep breathing has a calming effect, while shallow breathing has the opposite. Breathwork exercises can help reduce stress levels, which has short-term and long-term benefits for the brain.