31 Ways To #ChangeState — Day 14: Breathe

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10:59 pm Thursday

Saint Paul

 

Sup *|FNAME|*, how’s it bangin.

 

Tonight I went Christmas shopping, solo.

 

If you know Saint Paul, you might know that we have the Mall of America (in nearby Bloomington).

 

It’s crazy that I live an 8 minute drive from one of North America’s largest centers of commerce.

 

So anyways, I did done shopped… and I got about half of my gift list…

 

…and as you can imagine… more than once tonight among the masses…

I found myself breathing deeply!

 

In through the nose, out through the mouth. I think that’s right.

 

At least, that’s how I do it.

 

Now, I’ve gotta admit, I’m not an “expert breather”… although I do do it for a living (ba-dum-cheee).

 

For example, there’s a whole diaphragm technique that I don’t know. And I know I don’t know this way to breath. I’ve never spent time to fix that knowledge gap. (I just searched for the link for you, I didn’t even watch it.)

 

Back to what I mean is, there are likely other ways to breath which we’ve never considered! (Maybe we should do a “breathing” podcast?)

 

Anywho— I do know these few pointers to breathing—

  • breathing deeply reduces stress, so do it frequently (but don’t be obnoxious), and
  • intentional breathing during exercise is important (don’t hold your breath!), and
  • controlled breathing during meditation is important (maintain focus!), and
  • restricted-throat breathing, called Ujjayi, is used in yoga to increase your body temperature and energy (I use it at work for these reasons), and
  • Wim Hof’s method helps to massively increase your blood’s oxygen supply (ok to hold your breath!), and
  • the release of water vapor when you breath is a result of your body burning fat for energy, but
  • don’t be a mouth breather (that’s why you have a nose), and
  • counting up breaths from 1 to 20 at night can put me to sleep right quick.

 

And so I’m off to do just that, while you remember that Oxygen is Healthy™

 

Jeffrey

PS

I know there are typos in the graphic. I tried to find the updated version but it seems to have walked off. Thanks for reading even though I get some of da words wrong.