Can Breathing Exercises For Anxiety And Depression Help?
Breathing exercises for anxiety and depression are practiced daily by people all over the world.
If you do any type of yoga or meditation, you know that deep breathing is the foundation of these practices.
When you practice deep breathing, your own mental well-being is healthier than most people. Learn what you can do to help yourself and those you love.
There are countless people in the world suffering from anxiety, anger, and depression right now.
Studies show that women and teen girls suffer the most from depression and anxiety. Maybe the reason is because of the way we are built physically and emotionally.
Growing up I had lots of emotional issues and became painfully shy. My parents discussed getting therapy when I was about 13 or 14 years old. And for whatever reason I did not get any help.
So, I started reading uplifting books that sat a foundation for change. Books like: “The Little Prince,” “Mr. God, Soy Anna,” “Jonathan Livingston Seagull.”
I wrote affirmations from those books in a notebook and would re-read them many times. I wanted desperately to change and enjoy a happier life.
In this process, I learned, that the mind is like a tape recorder. And the mind can be reprogrammed.
To enjoy a healthy life, please take the road less traveled and embrace an integrative approach to health. Non-invasive natural healing modalities, like deep breathing, can help you and loved ones.
How Does Deep Breathing Help Mental Health?
Any type of regular deep breathing is good for our wellness and well-being. Diaphragmatic breathing, or breathing from your belly, is one type of breathing worth looking into.
Studies have shown that diaphragmatic breathing helps deal with stress and psychosomatic conditions. It has countless benefits including GI (gastrointestinal) support.
One study worth reading is “The Effect of Diaphragmatic Breathing on Attention, Negative Affect and Stress in Healthy Adults.”
Healthline, Harvard Press Publishing and other articles have different variations of diaphragmatic breathing.
My favorite is from the University of Michigan, Michigan Medicine, with Megan Riehl, PsyD. Click on diaphragmatic breathing demo to watch the video.
It is especially beneficial for women, when doing the diaphragmatic breathing, to do the following:
Expand pelvic floor when breathing in and tighten pelvic floor when breathing out. Pay attention that you are using your pelvic floor when practicing this deep breathing. Diaphragmatic breathing is especially helpful for depression.
Energy Healing and Depression
Cindy is someone I met through my pendulum dowsing practice. She asked me if I only use a pendulum to test the quality of food, supplements, personal products and the like.
So, I got my therapeutic pendulum out and with her permission, started a demonstration.
Placing my pendulum over the palm of her hand, I proceeded to release, heal and balance a couple of specific emotions Cindy wished to be released. And the nice thing is that she was able to feel the difference.
There will always be ups and downs. That’s the school of life. No one can escape that.
Energy healers understand that the chakras, biofield, emotions and organs are connected.
Some energy healing modalities that can help with emotional health in general are: Reiki, Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping), Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Healing Touch, acupuncture and music therapy.
Other modalities to consider are: herbal medicine, homeopathy, and massage. Get help from a professional practitioner if you want to try any of them out.
Find ways to integrate non-invasive types of healing into your life.
Breathing Exercises For Anxiety And Depression
What type of emotions do you feel when you start a new job? Anxiety and fear are common emotions, right? Let me share what happened to me a while back.
A True Story
I found myself in a hotel room, in a foreign country, feeling like I was going to pass out. I had just arrived from another country and felt exhausted. I could feel my heart palpitating rapidly. What am I going to do?
All sorts of thoughts were running through my head and they were not helping the situation. Do I call the hotel reception and ask them to get an ambulance?
Suddenly, a thought came to me to do one of the guided meditations I keep on my phone. All meditations start with breathing exercises.
By the end of the short meditation I felt relaxed, calm and relieved. Can you imagine what would have happened if I had called an ambulance?
Moral of the Story
Practice regularly some type of deep breathing or meditation. This way, you are prepared for what to do during unexpected circumstances.
It is challenging to find time to incorporate new habits like deep breathing or meditation into our daily lives. But, can you find time to take three or four deep breaths once or twice a week? Would you do that?
If you like this post, you may enjoy reading Mind Body and Spirit. You will also find in that article, a step by step 4 7 8 breathing technique as shared by Andrew Weil, M.D.
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