Mindful mornings can only be made better by developing a pattern for thoughtful deep breathing. As advocates of this healthy exercise we’re outlining a fantastic and easy breathing “recipe” to rev up any morning (beauty) routine.
There are countless benefits to deep breathing and reasons why it should be an active part of your day. For starters, deep breathing has been found to promote health and longevity and combat signs of aging. It’s also been documented that breathing with intention in the mornings can oxygenate your blood, combat stress, and ready your mind for a productive day.
We love that by conditioning ourselves to make deep breathing a sound practice in our daily lives, we can begin reaping its “beauty” rewards without much additional effort.
I recommend whenever possible to breathe outdoors as it helps to further improve your mood and you can feel the immediate surge of energy. Not always an easy feat in Chicago’s freezing temps, but I’ve personally tried to incorporate daily outdoor deep breathing exercises as taught to me by my cousin, Leandro Hernandez, a vegan and a huge advocate of deep breathing.
My seven year old has asthma so I try to incorporate mindful outdoor deep breathing sessions of 30 counts each for him and I on a regular basis throughout the week and a nightly deep breathing session indoors before going to bed. I’ve noticed an improvement in my son’s asthma and these little breathing rituals make for a nice bonding experience for the both of us.
As a proponent of deep breathing rituals, I searched online to find further advocates of daily deep breathing exercises to improve physical and mental health and came across Robin Gregory of the blog RobinsKey.com.
Robin highlights an easy step-by-step guide on how to effectively incorporate deep breathing into our daily lives that I thought would benefit YOU, our readers.
Below, I’ve highlighted a super easy-to-follow mindful breathing technique I’ll refer to as the morning cleanse from Robin’s blog. When you can count on sleeping more soundly, easing anxiety, and glowing skin as immediate side-effects of deep breathing, I bet you’ll want to learn more about our latest, TOTALLY FREE, beauty obsession!
The Morning Cleanse
Robin recommends doing deep breathing exercises first thing in the morning to cleanse the blood. Robin, a raw foods specialist, outlines a simple approach to make the most of morning breaths, along with additional ways implement deep breathing to help lower blood pressure and increase circulation. So let’s get started!
Technique + Ritual Importance
Robin shares the startling fact that if you sit at a computer for long periods you can sometimes become so enthralled in your work that you actually can forget to breathe! We hadn’t even thought of this fact before, but it makes sense. When at our desk, our minds are busy racing, doing multiple tasks at once and then were moving on to the next project before you know it. This habitual multi-tasking often impedes our ability to breathe consciously and thoughtfully.
Robin stresses we should be making an effort for conscious breathing to get your system to work more efficiently and decrease stress. She further highlights that mindful deep breathing just a few minutes a day will improve physicality and mental endurance and that learning to effectively deep breathe will help with mood stabilization and longevity.
Robin highlights her exact technique below:
Spend some time each day consciously breathing slow and rhythmically, and bringing air down deeper into your lungs. It is a simple trick to automatically get energized and focused. Just concentrate on bringing your breath down deeper into your lungs. Picture your lungs expanding with air as you breathe in. That is exactly what happens; shallow breathing only fills a small portion of our lungs but it is so much healthier and beneficial for all of our body’s processes, systems and organs, to fill the lungs and bring air deep down into them. Doing this drives more oxygen into the body which [cleanses] the blood, and in turn cleanses and benefits everything else.
Practice taking at least 10 deep breaths first thing in the morning and also in the evening to get into the habit, or plan 2 periods (or more) in your day and take at least 5 minutes for each period to practice deep breathing. If you are comfortable to extend it, make the times longer or do it more frequently. Sometimes keeping it a quick exercise, i.e. doing 10 in the morning and 10 at night, will make it easier to add into your day.
The Step-by-Step Guide
Robin outlines how to breathe correctly in the exercise below:
Breathe deeply into your abdomen, not just your chest. Proper breathing should be deep, slow and rhythmic and done through the nose, not the mouth. Each breath should ideally last three to four seconds breathing in and three to four seconds breathing out. Deep full breaths that fill your lungs use your diaphragm. When you breathe deeply, your diaphragm muscle pulls your lungs down so that they expand and so [you] can really circulate oxygen down into the whole lung.
Breathe in slowly and imagine your lungs filling up with air: your chest slightly widens, your diaphragm pulls your chest cavity down and your belly button pulls away from your spine as you breathe in. When your lungs are full, exhale slowly and pull your belly button back in towards your spine to push out all of the air from the lungs.
Breathe in and count to five while you draw the air in through your nose deep into your lungs. Hold for 3 seconds and release slowly through your mouth for 5 seconds.
As you breathe in, breathe in pure white light or golden sun light energy and as you breathe out breathe out waste and toxins. Sometimes it helps to picture this grey or a dull color, releasing [from] your body, which really is what you are [doing].
The above exercise will release stress and provide an almost euphoric sensation. Schedule in deep breathing just like you do everything else! Robin suggests posting sticky notes as smart reminders!
Another neat trick of hers is to get in the habit of deep breathing when at a red light. Now long waits at the light are super productive and you won’t be tempted to be on your phone!
Other MAJOR benefits to deep breathing as highlighted by Robin include:
- – Promoting Calmness
- – Detoxifying The Body
- – Relieving Pain
- – Promoting Happiness
- – Improving Posture
- – Stimulating The Lymphatic System
- – Increasing Cardiovascular Capacity
- – Increasing Energy
- – Strengthening the Major Organs
- – Weight Regulation
What about you? Do you implement deep breathing sessions into your daily or weekly routine? Are you interested in giving deep breathing a go in 2017? Try it and share your results with below. We’d love to hear how deep breathing has positively impacted your life!
MARITZA BUELVAS is a published hair artist and national beauty and style writer. She enjoys writing and producing national content for blogs, media and brands. You can find her portfolio at www.beautyforbloggers.com. Connect with Maritza: Instagram // Twitter // Email