100 Ways to Relieve Stress – Day 43 – Practice slow breathing

Have you ever stopped to think about why we breathe?  According to the Science Museum, “We breathe to capture oxygen, which helps us convert food into energy in our cells, and to get rid of toxins and carbon dioxide – the waste gas which is formed as this happens. Our lungs pump these gases in and out of our bodies, and help us dissolve them in and out of our blood.”

Breathing is so natural, I think we tend to forget we are even doing it. And yet, without breathing, we’re gonners!

When I Googled on the benefits of breathing, I was amazed to find out how beneficial it is to every part of our body because every part of our body is made up of cells which must be fed properly to be healthy and to keep us healthy.

According to this website – http://www.yogawiz.com/blog/yoga-benefits/slow-breathing-in-yoga.html, here are some of the benefits of slow, deep breathing:

1)  Slow breathing soothes and relaxes the nervous system.
2)  It helps in the proper functioning of the pineal and the pituitary glands.
3)  Slow, deep breathing flushes out toxins, digests food and helps in controlling weight.
4)  Diaphragmatic breathing massages the organs in the abdomen area. Organs like the pancreas, liver and the heart get massaged and the circulation also improves.
5)  Improves the texture of the skin.
6)  It makes the heart healthier by decreasing the organ’s workload.
7)  Increases the capacity of the lungs and oxygenates the tissues of the body.
8)  Improves concentration.

Again, who knew??

Now, here’s another astounding bit of information: Job 12:10 says, “In whose hand (God’s) is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.” God holds our soul and our breath in His almighty hand. He knew when we would take our first breath and He alone knows when we will take our last.

If you think about it, that’s a stress reliever because we can truly rest knowing the important parts of us – our soul and our breath – those two things holding our life together – are firmly being held in God’s dear hand where He can watch over them at all times.


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