Whether it’s meditation, regular exercise, or a healthy diet, there are many ways and means to cope with stress. But only the right one abdominal breathing it can help us be more relaxed. We breathe in and out 10,000 liters of air every day. As a rule, however, we inhale too shallowly and too little into the abdomen.
Red blood cells absorb oxygen through the pulmonary alveoli, which then reach the entire body via the bloodstream. If too little oxygen is provided, it will automatically activate one state of alarm in the body outside. To compensate for this lack of oxygen, the body automatically increases the respiratory rate and blood pressure. However, this increased respiratory rate requires more energy from our body and is not without health consequences: we are more tired, cramped and more stressed. Diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disorders and depression are also favored by this condition.
Abdominal breathing supplies your body with more oxygen
Deeper abdominal breathing helps. It offers many health benefits: it ensures that we breathe more air and thus deliver more oxygen to our body. This protects our cardiovascular system, protects our muscles and relaxes the whole body. Especially in stressful situations, you should consciously breathe into your stomach to calm yourself down. Some positions, such as sitting hunched over, make abdominal breathing difficult.
This is how deep abdominal breathing works
Most of the time, we only breathe in the stomach when we sleep. In the first years of life as a newborn and as a child it is completely different and we automatically breathe deeply into the stomach. As we age and experience more stress, the way we breathe changes.
To relearn abdominal breathing and use it consciously, you should do it exercise follow: Lie down and bend your legs slightly so that your feet are flat on the floor. To accurately feel the breathing movements, it is best to place a hand on the stomach. Inhale deeply through the nose so that the stomach swells upwards. As you exhale, it flattens out again. Do abdominal breathing for about two to three minutes. If you notice that you feel dizzy after a few deep breaths, it is because of the increased oxygen supply. The dizziness should subside quickly. Repeat this exercise regularly to gradually get used to abdominal breathing. Try to regularly remind yourself in everyday life to take deep breaths into your stomach.