every breath you take

For about a year I have been taping my mouth when I go to bed to only breathe through my nose. Why would you do that? you might wonder. I will tell you.

The way we breathe mirrors the way we feel physically, mentally and emotionally. It may or may not be true for you, but many of us breathe shallow, fast, through the mouth and chest. If you aren’t breathing properly your muscles feel tense, your mind is racing, it’s hard to focus, and you may experience lack of energy in the morning. The good thing is that you can fix this! You need an open mind, willingness and belief that it’s possible. Try it right now. Put one hand on your belly and one hand on your chest. Take a moderate-size breath in through your mouth and note the movement of your hand. Next, compare your breathing movement to a similar size breath through your nose. Do you agree that your nasale breath (through the nose) reaches your stomach and you feel more calm? Mouth and upper-chest breathing is actually more associated with a stress response. You know the way you react when you touch something really hot or someone scares you. KEEP YOUR MOUTH FOR EATING AND YOUR NOSE FOR BREATHING.Studies have shown that we absorb 20% more oxygen in our cells just with nasal breathing. It clears the air, heats it, and moistens it for easier absorption in your body. If you suffer from heavy breath in physical activity, snoring or poor sleep, anxiety or worries, you should become aware of how you breath in different situations. Awareness is the first step for change. I will continue sleeping with my mouth taped, waking up feeling more energised and without a blocked nose. The technique is safe, for free and it will improve your immune system. It may take some time to get use to, as anything in life, but the benefits are worth giving it a try. For more details about the technique, check this video.

Love – Peace - Health



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