Breathe, Yawn, Stretch

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Breathing is how we move air in and out of our lungs to allow the diffusion of oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from our external environment into and out of our blood.

The breath also plays an important role in our speech, expression of our emotions e.g. laughing, crying, yawning etc. and self-supporting activities of coughing, hiccups and sneezing.

Of all the bodily survival activities that are controlled by the Autonomic Nervous System, breathing is one of the few that can be controlled both consciously and unconsciously.

Conscious control of breathing

It is common in meditation and yoga practice. In such disciplines as swimming in its various forms, singing and speech training, learning how to consciously breathe is very important in reaching high levels of performance.

Unconscious breathing

It is controlled by specialized centres in the brainstem which automatically regulate the rate and depth of breathing depending on the body’s needs at any time.

breathing exercise

Nasal breathing provides a higher quality of air to the body due to its built-in filtering and warming system.

If a healthy person were to voluntarily stop breathing (i.e. hold their breath) for a long enough period, they would lose consciousness and the body would resume breathing on its own. Because of this, you cannot commit suicide with this method, unless your breathing was also restricted by something else.

We teach a very simple and powerful tool that can be used in an instant as a ‘stress buster’, it’s deep low and slow breathing. This process utilises the diaphragm and abdomen more and it encourage a more relaxed and confident mood. Practitioners of different disciplines often interpret the importance of breathing regulation and its perceived influence on mood in different ways.

Once people start using this practice they find it helps precipitate a sense of inner-peace and it encourages an overall state of enhanced wellbeing.

In any situation where you feel you maybe be ‘losing it’, whether at home with your partner or your children, or at times at work, or in any other area of your life, deep, low and slow breathing provides relief from stressful situations.

Too much stress from worrying or procrastination disrupts brain activity.

Re-set your brainbreathe, yawn and slow stretch in the same process for 6 seconds in, then for 6 seconds out. Repeat for 5 times in 60 seconds.

If you do this standing it will enhance your positive outcome even more.

breath, yawn stretch pic

P.S. If you’re feeling shit today, maybe just try to breath, stretch and yawn! Or why not try our quiz to determine if you’ve got your shit together.

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About the Author

Dr. John Hinwood
Dr. John Hinwood is a Global Leader in Stress Management. He is a very experienced and respected executive coach, mentor, consultant, sought after international speaker and author. He specialises in facilitation that leads clients out of the stress and into the calm. He has a reputation for innovative and transformational work in stress-life balance and mindset change for front line employees, to managers and business leaders.

Dr John Hinwood has shared the stage with Dr John Demartini, Dr Deepak Chopra, Dr Wayne Dyer, Dr Joe Dispenzia, Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul fame), Dr Bruce Lipton, Dr Masaru Emoto and others who are at the cutting edge of human behaviour and mindset change.

He has written 14 books with 4 being Amazon international best sellers. He has had papers published in academic journals and was once Captain/Coach of the Danish National Rugby Team. Dr. John’s experience as a health professional by training, successful businessman by effort and an inspiration by inclination has given him an awesome array of practical tools for success.