During a busy work day have you ever stopped and noticed how you are breathing? During a stressful conversation or argument have you ever noticed how tense the body is and how restricted and shallow the breathing is? Do you ever just stop during the day to take a deep breath and clear the mind?
The human body is amazingly resilient with the ability to last a few weeks without food and a few days without water. Take away oxygen and the body only lasts a few minutes. However, since the process of breathing has been happening automatically in us since the day we were born, most hardly give attention to it now.
Breathing is importance in many facets. The most obvious is to supply oxygen to every cell in the body so that our bodies are energized and can function properly. When we are breathing properly the thought process is clearer, digestion is smoother, the muscles are stronger and more agile, and the senses are sharper. When we take a deep breath the body is energized and the muscles relaxed.
What are the things that influence our breathing in our daily lives? Our state of mind and emotions affect the rate and depth of breathing. When we are relaxed the breathing is smooth, deep, and unlabored. Conversely, when we become angered, anxious, or stressed our breathing becomes quick, restricted and shallow. Comfortable clothing allows proper expansion of the abdomen and chest during inspiration and expiration. In addition, our posture both standing and especially sitting can augment or restrict greatly our ability to comfortably breathe.
Here are some tips on augmenting proper breathing in your workplace: