Are you aware how much your posture and breathing patterns affect your moods and depression? Try this now: breathe slowly and more deeply, ensuring that your clothes permit you to do this, easily and comfortably.
It’s likely you will begin to feel more awake, alive, alert, and energetic. This, in turn, helps you feel better, on all levels. And it can help to lift the cloud of depression.
Breathing deeper is good for pain management and sleeping problems, both of which are closely tied to depression. Breathing has a multiple effect on depression as we will see later in this post.
Many people have no idea how stressed their body is internally as a result of all the different toxins they have accumulated. Long-term illness, inactivity, or restricted mobility, all cause toxins to accumulate faster than they can be released.
So here we have a two-phase problem:
A toxic overload is developing because the body is not able to dispose of toxins a key, natural way, i.e. through breathing;
The toxic burden is accumulating further because the natural methods of eliminating toxicity in the body can’t even deal with the current burden, let alone the accumulating burden.
1. Preventing the toxic burden from developing:
Besides sweating, breathing is a key, natural way for the lungs to keep the blood clear of toxic gases and to prevent toxicity from accumulating. When we breathe shallowly, toxins accumulate in our cells and cause all sorts of health issues and conditions that can lead to feelings of depression.
Inactivity, i.e. lack of regular exercise, possibly as a result of aging, illness, accident, or stress can trigger shallow breathing, as well as muscle stiffness and slouching. These cause the body and brain to get less oxygen than it needs, which can result in depression. It also causes toxins to accumulate in your blood and cells because the lymphatic system is not able to eliminate toxins the natural way, i.e. through breathing or perspiration.
Deep breathing is an action that helps you feel more in control. It helps to relieve depression, fear, and anxiety. Depression is often the result of tension and suppressed emotions and a feeling of despair, vulnerability, and being out of control.
Belly breathing, a common yoga technique, helps to oxygenate the body, loosening and relaxing tight neck, shoulder, and respiratory muscles; it improves and strengthens good posture, increases stamina, and tones abdominal muscles. Deep belly breathing increases your concentration powers, your memory, and stamina. It helps to relieve anxiety, fear, anger, and other strong feelings associated with stress.
Exhale deeply first; really push the air out, flattening your belly
Inhale fully, extending your belly out as far as you can, let your shoulders rise. Do this several times. Make sure that your clothes are not restricting you.
Start slowly; do this for short periods of time, at first. Get comfortable and then try longer breaths. Breath in and out of your nose for the best results; this helps you to experience slower and more conscious inhalation and exhalation. It has a more profound effect on your nervous system.
Do this often during the day. Use it to pause your outer and inner activity. Fully experience how you feel.
After a few days of doing this, carry out a system check: do you feel more mellow, relaxed, and calm? As you continue with this, the feelings of stress and tension will ease, as well as depression. Breathing deeper can have a profound effect of helping you feel more connected again, not so alone and lonely. Try it.
Many people who feel depressed usually suffer unknowingly from toxic overload. Deep breathing can help your lungs, a key detoxification organ, to release toxic gases which will make you feel better, naturally! Deep breathing assists your lymph system to move toxins away from your cells.
It is hard to be depressed when your body feels calm and relaxed.
Physical exercise helps your brain to release certain feel good hormones. Many people use exercise to give themselves a lift. Deep breathing is often used in all sorts of exercise. Do deep breathing in nature while walking or hiking. Check in with your mood afterward.
Dehydration is the #1 common factor in all illnesses; it has an immediate impact on your brain chemistry. So drinking lots of water, i.e. liquid oxygen, can help you feel good.
2. Eliminating the accumulated toxicity burden
If you still do not feel yourself balance out, you can address your accumulated toxic burden by detoxifying your body. This had worked for our clients when they were stressed out and in emotional overwhelm.
Imagine how your brain feels when it is full of toxic chemicals? Why do you feel bad if you have a hangover? Likely, you are not breathing deeply, and the body is certainly suffering from dehydration.
The core causative factors behind many people’s depression, anxiety, and feelings of overwhelm are often physical. Detoxification comes as a blessed relief. The body is now literally able to breathe deeper. The body feels good again.
Bodies need to be clean internally to function properly and feel good. Clean bodies feel better, and clean cells work better.
There should be no surprises there!