If you’re frequently overwhelmed and sound emotionally and physically drained, sit up straight, take a deep breath, exhale, and try this fast trick. Have a look at Mental vs Physical Energy for more info on this.
Name something you do every day, all day, and die if you don’t keep doing it…
It’s called oxygen, as you might have guessed.
It’s likely that you don’t devote enough attention to your breathing, which is an error.
Much of us spend our days at work slouched down and looking at a computer screen. After that, we return home in the same bad pose. We’ve been taught to take short breaths that don’t fully fill our lungs. We deprive ourselves of oxygen as we take these short breaths.
Your mind and body lose their stamina and energy as a result of the shortage of air, leaving you feeling flat and unfocused.
Breathing is the foundation of both martial arts and fitness styles such as meditation, and there’s an explanation for that. Breathing properly activates the brain, energises the muscle, and induces a relaxed yet laser-like concentration. There are also breathing exercises for everything from unwinding and healing to getting pumped for a kickboxing fight.
I’ll show you how I calm and concentrate using this method. The best thing is that it’s completely open, needs no special equipment, and can be completed anywhere.
Here’s how you go through it:
1. Sit up straight in the chair or cross-legged on the floor with a straight back.
2. Inhale slowly and evenly from your nose, filling your stomach first, then your lung.
3. Take a deep breath and hold it for a comfortable amount of time. This will be exclusive to each person. It could take anywhere from 5 to 12 seconds.
4. Remove all oxygen from your body through breathing out of your teeth. The vibration of the breeze can be audible.
5. Take a couple seconds to think about it, and repeat when you’re ready.
6. Begin with 5 repetitions and work your way up to 10 repetitions per time you use this method (only when you are comfortable)
How many days can this procedure be practised? That is all up to you. After a tall glass of wine, I want to do it first thing in the morning. I still do it many times a day, during meals, whilst waiting for long stretches of time, including during my exercise to cool down.