Did you know that learning to control your breathing calms your brain? Science shows that deep breathing benefits both physical and mental fitness. Deep breathing alleviates stress, improves confidence, balances your mental state, and so much more.
1. Why Breathing the Right Way Matters
Research shows that when you take a deep breath, you’re triggering neurons in your brain that tell your body it’s time to relax. Isn’t that powerful? And you’re the one who has the power! You have the ability to control your brain simply by breathing correctly.
In order to exercise this control, you must first learn how to breathe in a way that tells your brain how to access your calm state. When you’re in control of your breathing, you’re in control of your thinking and emotions. Being mentally fit requires you to think clearly and respond to situations rationally. This technique could give your life the mental edge you need for things to finally “click.”
2. Using the Tracy Alston Breathe IN, Mind ON as a Guide
Not sure how to start breathing correctly? Download the Breathe IN, Mind ON app from www.tracyalston.com to begin your mental fitness breathing journey. The specific breathing techniques that benefit your brain performance might be different from the techniques that benefit someone else’s mental performance. With the Breathe IN, Mind ON app, you learn to identify the breathing patterns that work well for you.
The app gives you the ability to customize your breathing settings, set reminders and increase your self-awareness by giving you questions to ask yourself, such as:
- How am I feeling in my mind?
- Are my thoughts racing?
- Are my emotions controlling me?
- Do I feel calm?
- How am I feeling in my body?
- Is my body tense?
- Do I feel anxious?
- Do I feel flexible and relaxed?
3. Maintaining a Breathing Routine
You can also use the app to track your progress. Breathing like this might be difficult at first, but it can only get better with practice. You can monitor the times when you’re feeling your best and create good breathing habits. Learn to set time aside just to focus on your breathing exercises. Try these breathing exercises every day for a week. Make sure you practice your breathing at least three times a day for best results. You might try scheduling your breathing first thing in the morning, right before you go to bed, and in the middle of the day as a nice break.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and observations on your breathing journey after you’ve tried it out for a week. What differences have you noticed in your mental performance? Get comfortable with this practice and work on it daily. This will provide you with a better understanding of yourself and unlock the best parts of you!
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