The Power of Deep Breathing

The Power of Deep Breathing

Human beings rely on breathing for life. However, such a simple exercise remains underrated. For many people, breathing is a normal thing. But did you know that deep breathing exercises can positively affect your heart, digestion, brain, and the immune system? Whenever you take deep breaths, you always feel calm, energized, and focused. When you breathe in deeply, the diaphragm drops downwards, and your ribcage expands. That creates space for your lungs to inflate and allow oxygen to flood into the body.

Your body and organs need oxygen. The brain, for example, needs enough oxygen to perform the most basic functions. If the supply is low, it can lead to health risks. Also, ample amount of oxygen in the body helps to slow down the heart pace and creates a feeling of relaxation and calmness. But what is the power of deep breathing apart from making you feel calm, energized, and focused?

  1. Relieves pain and stress

Stress and pain have the same effects on the body. In most cases, stress often leads to chronic pain. When you are in pain, this raises your blood pressure and heart rate. Breathing becomes shallow and fast, and muscles tighten.

The best natural way of managing pain, including chronic back pain, is to breathe deeply. That will relax your muscles, calm the mind, increase your well-being, and relieve stress. By exercising regularly, it will help your body to neutralize the adverse effects of stress.

  1. Improves your mental health

As noted above, breathing increases oxygen flow to the brain to help it function normally. Increased oxygen intake helps you to gain clarity, feel productive, and grounded. Thus, deep breathing can relax your mind. It can also enhance your ability to memorize, focus, learn and concentrate. Furthermore, it reduces stress, negative thoughts, depression, and anxiety.

  1. Improves your posture

When you breathe from the chest, the practice will also rely on secondary muscles around the collarbone and neck instead of the diaphragm. If you accompany that pattern with poor posture, several muscles in the upper body will not function well. Sitting for prolonged hours causes the body to be unable to fight gravitational forces and to maintain a strong and stable core. By breathing deeply, your body straightens up. You fill your lungs with air which then straightens up your spine.

  1. Detoxifies your body

Deep breathing increases oxygen in the body. In turn, the body absorbs nutrients and vitamins more efficiently and increases the production of white blood cells. The excess oxygen charges the lymphatic system and leads to detoxifying the body. When you take a deep breath, therefore, you are helping your body to stimulate lymph nodes. The process aids in lymph drainage.

  1. Calms your nerves

One of the many deep breathing benefits is that it calms down your nerves. When you take a deep breath, the exercise triggers neurons in the brain, which informs the body to relax. Since the supply of oxygen will also increase, this will nourish your brain, nerves, and spinal cord. Furthermore, the practice will increase the release of pleasure neurochemicals, which will induce better moods.


Breathing is an involuntary and unconscious practice that is most basic to life. The power of a deep breath can help you to relieve chest pain, reduce stress, and calm your mind. By doing it frequently, you will increase your body’s energy levels and expel carbon dioxide, which is a natural metabolic waste product.

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I am Dr. Marion Johnson, a Nurse Supervisor, Educator, and A clinician with a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (DNP) and a Master of Science in Nursing Degree (MSN) both from Walden University. I have worked as a nurse in the healthcare industry for over 15 years. Presently, I am doing something I love most, which is being an online instructor. In this position, I believe I can learn, educate, create and implement positive input into the nursing field. Besides work, I am also an avid reader of nursing journals and articles that is why I have a passion for reading, learning and sharing on the trending topics in the nursing arena.

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