Episode 31: Just Breathe

Could breath be used as a tool?

You’re listening to the Love Tidbits Podcast, where you’ll discover a small, tasty, delightful, bite-sized tidbit of love ~ I’m your host, LeAnn Austin 

Hey y’all, welcome to Love Tidbits, episode #31: Just Breathe  

What do you think when someone tells you, hey take a breath. That’s the last thing you want to hear or to do.

Well, I’ve been taking some incredible certification classes from Brooke Snow and Candice Toone. I now have a whole new understanding of breathing, and the powerful effect it has when we’re a little more intentional about our breath.  

I took a few classes in high school and college about our bodies, but didn’t remember that the respiratory system is the only system in the body that can be regulated both consciously and unconsciously. You can breathe without thinking about it, and you can breathe on purpose. You can control your breath. And breath is one of the most amazing tools we have for being happy and healthy. 

I find it interesting that many of the books I read and have spoken about on this podcast, mention breathwork or meditation in some form. I used to think that was a little woo, woo. But now I completely agree that breathing does make you feel better. 

There’s lots of scientific evidence to prove it. Breathing helps to release tension, increase creativity, helps your body detoxify, reduces anxiety, helps you relax, and makes way for clearer thinking.

I’ve also learned that nose breathing is better than mouth breathing, who knew?  And most of us are mouth breathers. Very simply, mouth breathing is shallow and causes us to over breath. Nasal breathing or nose breathing, allows for more oxygen to get to active tissues, provides a sense of calm, and allows us to function better.

So a really easy way to practice nose breathing is, breathe in through your nose, into your belly, and exhale a little bit longer than you inhaled. 

Some of you also may have heard of grounding exercises.  Grounding exercises are things you can do to bring yourself back to the present moment. They could be quick strategies, like take three deep belly breaths, or longer, more formal exercises like meditation.

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If you’re breathing, you’re feeling, and if you’re feeling you’re pausing to take better care of yourself. That’s what it’s all about y’all, loving and taking care of you so that you’re well equipped to help other people in your life.

I love to just put my hand on my heart, breathe in through my nose, and out through my nose. Just breathing and pausing with my hand on my heart, brings me back to the present and fills me with love. 

I appreciate this insightful quote by Dan Brule:  “Breath is the link between mind and body.”  Hmmm, something to think about. 

Have a good one y’all ~ and here’s to breathing and love.

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