The benefits of deep, conscious breathing are huge. ‘Abdominal breathing is the fastest way to beat stress,’ says Conceiçao Espada, head of the mind and body unit at Sha Wellness Clinic in Spain. ‘It can create positive emotional energy and calm the heart rate while oxygenating the blood.
It can also stop you automatically reaching for sugary treats.’ Espada recommends setting aside seven sessions a day where you take ten deep breaths. ‘Focusing on breath and reconnecting the energy inside your body becomes a meditation through movement.
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You will start to be aware of your mind, thoughts and emotions.’ Make the sessions the same time every day – when you wake up, after breakfast, once you get to your desk, and so on. After around 20 days, you will start to feel like it’s a normal routine.
‘The quality of your breathing is simultaneous to the quality of your life, so start with controlled breathing and watch your stress levels wane,’ says Espada. If you’re finding it tough to find a rhythm, a breath workshop or retreat at the Transformational Breath Foundation UK (transformationalbreath.co.uk/events) can 5 help you get into a groove.