Have you caught yourself holding your breath as you go about your day? Do you need healing in your body and improvement in your quality of life, especially as the holiday season approaches?


Deep or slow breathing brings a sense of well-being when practiced regularly. It benefits you in remarkable ways whenever it’s carried out slowly, rhythmically and deeply…when your breath goes way down, deep in your gut.


Here are proven benefits of practicing it:

  • Regulates stress and anxiety. Our entire body and mind enter a state of calm.

  • Eliminates toxins. This is an interesting fact: our body is designed to release many of its toxins when we exhale.

  • Reduces the sensation of pain. Something we often do when we feel pain is hold our breath.  It’s best if we breathe deeply rather than hold our breath. This is how we’ll release endorphins, which are natural analgesics created in the body.

  • Helps improve posture. By filling your lungs with air, you stimulate the spine to place it in a more harmonious, balanced and healthy posture.

  • Stimulates the lymphatic system. It helps you achieve this by allowing blood plasma to flow properly so your body can work more efficiently.

  • Takes care of your heart. Improves your cardiovascular health and helps you burn fat cells.

  • Improves digestion.  Enables your digestive organs to work more efficiently.

  • Helps regain composure and peace. I have learned to recognize when my chest is tightening up and I’m hold my breath. It’s usually during hectic or stressful times. Slowing down and taking a deep breath while counting to four, holding it for six counts, and then counting to six as I exhale several times creates calmness again.


Spending 10 minutes breathing deeply at least two or three times a day can benefit your body and emotional well-being. Quoting scripture as you breathe in and out does a double whammy to help you feel calm, empowered, and healthier.


Enjoy the upcoming season as you find the need to breathe…and take time to do it.


Need to Breathe
by Tanya Dorris

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