Many of us would like to breathe easier, yet take breathing for granted. Without breath, of course, there is no life.
If you stop for a moment (take a breath, if you will) and think about breathing, the statistics are astounding.
Breathing - Did You Know?
The average adult human will take 12-20 breaths per minute, depending on their level of activity. Multiply that out over the course of a day and you will take an average of 23,000 breaths every 24 hours or 8,400,000 breaths per year! If you are more active, you’ll take sometimes twice as many breaths and that average daily figure balloons out dramatically. And here are some fun facts: Children and women have a higher breathing rate than men, your left lung is slightly smaller in size than your right lung to allow room for your heart, and lungs are the only organ that can float on water – amazing!
Did you also know that the mind, body and breath are intimately connected and can influence each other? Breathing impacts our sleep, mood, digestion, heart, nervous system, muscles, brain - even the development of our teeth and facial structure. For all these reasons combined, it’s important to breathe effectively. But how do we do that?
Tips To Help You Breathe Easier
* Using essential oils in aromatherapy diffusers can also help you breathe more effectively – different essential oils can help open your respiratory airways, drain sinuses and clear congestion, reduce inflammation, help fight colds and help to strengthen your immune system, while also purifying the air.
* Salt lamps are becoming more and more mainstream and now there’s also a way to take those benefits with you outside the home, via salt inhalers. Containing Himalayan salt and essential oils, salt inhalers can be carried in your bag or pocket for those wanting a drug-free alternative for their respiratory problems.
While there are many products you can buy to assist in breathing easier, learning to breathe deeply and with awareness is another powerful tool, providing immediate stress relief benefits, as well as deep lasting physiological advantages.
Breathing might be as simple a process as breathe in, breathe out, repeat, but it’s important to remember that there are many ways to breathe more effectively – and why wouldn’t you want to improve that most vital of human functions if you are able to?