Take a Deep Breath and Stay Positive in Difficult Times

Published Date 11/9/2018
Category: Health & Wellness

Feeling down? Try some simple breathing exercises!

Why is positivity so important?

Science has proven that how we think and feel has an immediate and direct impact on our health and wellbeing. More importantly, positivity helps us to access thoughts and emotions that are a positive and vibrational match to our desires. 

One reason why manifestation takes so long or doesn't happen at all is because we lack complete faith or trust, which has inherent positive qualities. 

Understanding Where Negative Thoughts Originate

It is important to clarify that positivity should never be used to manipulate (attached to an outcome) or to cover up deep emotions which need to be examined. What it should be used for is rewiring the neural pathways in the brain. Nerve cells carry information through our spinal column. This information is most often encoded energetically. If there are imbalances in the body (lack of nutrients, oxygen etc.), this information will naturally result in negative feelings and thought. However, with the proper understanding on how to create a positive feedback loop, we can naturally program the body to feel better, think better and generally behave in more alignment with our true being which is a deep unbroken peace.

Releasing Positivity Hormones

Movement of the spine, or exercise is critical. If one has an injury - it is obviously important to listen to your body or speak with your physician, but light back and forth movements of the spine help the body the move stuck energy and cerebral spinal fluid up through the brain stem and to the proper command center. It is in these command centers that "positivity hormones" are released. The cerebral spinal fluid is filled with important nutrients and new blood cells but may often be lacking in these critical elements due to too much carbon dioxide and not enough oxygen. 

Proper breathing and breath techniques are responsible for creating new cells in our body. These new cells make up the nerves that deliver critical information to the brain. In, sum: what's the single most important and effective way to stay positive in difficult times? The answer is so lovely, because it's so simple: breathe.

Here are a few easy and effective breathing exercises you can try next time you find yourself in a negative downward spiral:

Long deep breathing.
Inhale for the count of 8 and exhale for the count of 8. Slowly increase these times as your lung capacity expands. Continue for 3 minutes. This is a great de-stressing breath and activates the para sympathetic nervous system.

Alternate nostril breathing.
Block the left nostril with your thumb. Inhale through the right nostril. Block the right nostril with you index finger, exhale through the left nostril. Inhale through the left nostril, block off the left nostril with your thumb and exhale through the right nostril. Continue for 5 minutes. This technique is useful for balancing the brain, during times of making decisions or when general confusion is being experienced.

Left nostril breathing.
This breath technique is used to induce calmness and sensitivity and is a great go to when once has insomnia or generally cannot relax.

Right nostril breathing
engages the left hemisphere of the brain. This is a breath technique used for mental alertness and clarity. This is a great exercise to do in the morning or when one is feeling a slump.

Hope these techniques can help you - and that you are able to enjoy what the breath can do for you.

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