This week on the Everyday Life Coach the topic is on deep breathing. AHHHHHH.
Let me first tell you all the benefits there are with adding deep breathing to your everyday life.
- Deep breathing calms the sympathetic nervous system which is activated in times of stress and anxiety.
- Lifts mood
- Raises levels of endorphins and lowers stress hormones
- Boosts energy and stamina
- Increases oxygen in your blood
- Strengthens the immune system
- Promotes better sleep
- Reduction in blood pressure
- Breathing normalizes the heart rate
Now, the next thing you should be saying is, where do I sign up? Here are some great apps that I use to help me with my daily deep breathing.
Here and Now
Stop, Breathe and Think
If you do deep breathing for 20 to 30 minutes each day, it will reduce anxiety and reduce stress. Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a state of calmness. Breathing techniques help you feel connected to your body—it brings your awareness away from the worries in your head and quiets your mind.
In this week’s Everyday LIfe Coach podcast, I discuss meditation.
Let me first tell you about some of the benefits that meditation can provide you:
- Reduced pain
- Boosts immune system
- Lowers blood pressure
- Cultivated willpower
- Builds focus and concentration
- Increases compassion
- Improves empathy
- Improves depression
- Reduces loneliness
- Cuts emotional reactivity
- Eases stress and anxiety
- Helps sleep
WOW! With all of those benefits, why aren’t we all meditating? I have apps to share with you that can cultivate a meditation practice.
H*nest Meditation App
Stop, Breathe and Think
How much meditation should you do?
There are studies showing 30 minutes per day for eight weeks can increase the density of gray matter in brain regions associated with memory, stress, and empathy. There are studies showing that only 20 minutes per day for four days improves cognitive skills and that only 20 minutes per day for three days results in a significant decrease in pain sensitivity.
The really good news is that this study found we just need to find just 10 minutes a day over 16 weeks for significant improvements in neural functioning associated with enhanced focused attention.
To listen to this podcast and others click here.
I’m happy to announce that I have created a new podcast, Everyday Life Coach. I thought it would be interesting to have a weekly podcast that talks about different topics that help people with their overall wellness. The podcasts are given in “snackable” bytes. Many times I listen to podcasts and they’re so long that I have to take notes and try to remember where in the podcast they said something. Nobody has time for that! I’m going to give you some great nuggets that you can do in your everyday life in less than 10 minutes. Then I’ll add a blog post so you can go back if you want to click on any of the items that I talk about in my podcast. I hope that you listen, enjoy and subscribe. You can find the podcast here.