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Creating a Daily Breathwork Practice for a Calmer Day

Finding time for yourself in our overstimulated, nonstop culture can be tough. Prioritizing practices that regulate our nervous system, heart rate, blood pressure, and mental health often means sitting quietly and consciously with ourselves. This can feel uncomfortable, difficult, or seemingly unimportant.

Stress and its related symptoms contribute significantly to many health issues. Whether mental, physical, or emotional, stress accumulates tension within the body—affecting tissues, muscles, fascia, and cells. This tension builds up over time, exacerbated by the constant pressure and overstimulation in our lives. Without releasing this tension, it continues to accumulate, much like a pressure cooker. Fortunately, there are many effective ways to unwind, and conscious breathing is one of the simplest,  most accessible and effective methods. It’s free, can be done anywhere, and offers numerous benefits.

The Impact of Stress on Our Bodies

You might feel this tension in various ways—tightness in your shoulders, neck, or back, changes in your behaviour or patience, or disruptions in your sleep patterns, motivation, or creativity.

Benefits of Conscious Breathing

Conscious breathing offers immediate and long-term solutions to everyday stress and anxiety. Some benefits include:
– Increased clarity and focus
– Enhanced vitality and energy
– Aid in positive self-development
– Emotional processing and healing
– Development of life skills and self-awareness
– Enrichment of creativity
– Improvement in personal and professional relationships
– Boosted confidence, self-image, and self-esteem
– Increased joy and happiness
– Strengthened immune system

5 Tips to Start Your Breathing Practice

Here are five tips to help you integrate a breathing practice into your daily routine. Once you master these tips, you can bring this conscious breath into other areas of your life, enhancing your overall well-being.

One: Get Your Brain on Board

We brush our teeth daily because we learned it prevents cavities. What if we were taught that conscious breathing for five minutes daily could reduce stress and anxiety, and improve overall health? Get your brain and logic involved. Research the benefits of conscious breathing, follow experts and enthusiasts, and get interested and invested in the practice.

Two: Acknowledge Your Resistance

The challenge isn’t breathing; it’s creating new habits and prioritizing conscious breathing amidst our busy lives. Don’t let your resistance go unnoticed. Instead, use it as a point of self-inquiry. Ask yourself what’s holding you back from committing to five minutes of breathing. Rationalize your resistance—five minutes is quicker than making a cup of tea!

Three: Find Your Time

Identify when in your day you can commit to this practice. Visualize it: close your eyes and imagine the time, place, and circumstances. Attach it to a daily activity like brushing your teeth. Create a dedicated breathing spot at home if you can. If you’re busy with work, schedule it as a meeting or break. Making time for these five minutes symbolizes and reflects how you prioritize and value yourself and your well-being.

Four: Choose Your Practice

There are SO many yummy breathing praciotce out there for you to choose. Here are some suggestions but what in important that you find a practice you enjoy most and a facilitator that you resonate with! Here are some recourses for you:

Five: Share Your Experience

Share your experience with a friend, family member, or write it down. Discussing your practice not only helps solidify it but also offers new perspectives on your breath journey. I’d love to hear how you’re getting on or answer any questions you might have: feel free to reach out to me at hannah@grounded.life.

You might be surprised by the insights you gain in just five minutes a day.

May the breath be with you!

With gratitude,
Hannah G.