The simple side of breathing



If we want to reduce or get a handle on our feelings of anxiety. Or reduce our level of stress, or we want to achieve a level of relaxation, peace, and calm, we would benefit from not saying something we’ll regret. Or even if we want to refocus our mind and re-energize ourselves, we can just breathe. Did you know there’s a simple side of breathing?

TIMED BREATHING: the simple side of breathing

This is one of the reasons many people do yoga. Deliberate and conscious breathing creates a neutral balance. A balance between awareness and the flow of energy in our bodies by linking the body with the mind. It’s the simple side of breathing. A great simple breathing exercise for calming both the nervous system and the overworked mind is a timed breath.  Try it.  Find your own timed breathing that suits you.

THE SCIENCE: the simple side of breathing

Your exhale is even a few counts longer than your inhale. There’s a back up reason for this.  The nerve that runs from the neck down through the diaphragm sends a signal to your brain to turn up your parasympathetic nervous system and turn down your sympathetic nervous system.  This in simple terms will help calm you.


Relaxation enhances focused learning and performance. And adds balance, joy and quality to life. Now that we are aware of this, I want to move towards motion creating emotion. Any regular physical movement that you choose to implement in your life whether it’s dance, running, walking, cycling, yoga, boxing, or any sport cardio or strength training.  Let’s be honest, it doesn’t have to be complex.  Dance while you vacuum.  It’s still motion isn’t it.


It will have a positive influence on your immediate emotional state. And of course will have positive short and long term outcomes for your physical health and emotional health. We all have something that we wanted to do or that we used to like to do but sometimes injury prevents us. We need to do something else.  I personally love running.  I guess this will have to change one day when I can’t run as comfortably.  But right now, gee it does amazing things for me.  


Sometimes we can do what we like in a modified version so instead of looking for excuses, find ways that you could still do something. It’s easy to build a belief, as we get older that we will move less or that as our other responsibilities increase in other areas of our lives that our physical health can become less important for a while.  But keep it up there.  Physical exercise need not be vigorous, just do what you can as gently as you can.  Let your body love it.  Let your body breathe it.


We have a choice over how we spend our time. And we owe it to ourselves and those we love, to make time for our physical well-being. So have a think about one or more physical activities that you actually enjoy. What is it that you love to do?

For some breathing breathing techniques for stress management and relief click here.

Your breath has been with you through all your life.  It’s there when you need to flee and it’s there when you sleep quietly.  Be kind to it.  Become friends with it.  It will be with you till the very end. Remember there’s a simple side of breathing.


Hypnotherapy can help you connect with your breathing too.

Amanda Dounis

Positive Thinking Clinic

1/7 Magdalene Terrace

Wolli Creek, 2205

0458 850 850