BREATH WORK FOR MEN'S MENTAL HEALTH

As you sit at your computer, or flicking through your phone, do you find yourself holding your breath? Now stop and take a slow, deep breath. Feel better? Thought so.


Breath work is an ancient art that has seen as huge resurgence over the last few years. It has helped us physically rehabilitate our bodies, and mentally rehabilitate our minds


Breath work is your tool for calm, collected, confidence.


THE BENEFITS OF BREATH WORK


If you are struggling with stress, anxiety, sleep or focus, your lungs could be your most powerful tool.


What can breath work help me with?

Breath work can help your body in more ways than you might realise. In many cases, people find that they struggle with more than one of the following symptoms, often they are connected. This means that when you start to alleviate one symptom, the others will ease too. Breath work can help with

  • sleep

  • recovery

  • focus

  • energy

  • calm

  • connectivity


How does breath work help?

If you haven't tried breath work for anxiety, stress, focus, sleep or energy before you will be wondering how it works. It sounds too good to be true. Here is what happens to your body when you start to breathe properly

  • the heart rate slows which reduces stress, lowers cortisol and reduces blood pressure

  • this creates calm, helping with anxiety

  • stress is exhausting whilst being stimulating in all the wrong ways, so a reduction in stress increases energy and released endorphins

  • the reduction in cortisol and that 'wired' feeling that comes with it improves sleep

  • toxins are release and hormones balance out

  • immunity and digestion are both improved

  • stem cells are activated

  • breath work provides emotional regulation whilst supporting positive mindset

  • the purification of the lymphatic system takes place as deep breathing transports toxins through the bloodstream to the liver where they are detoxified, thus cleansing bloodstream

  • mental clarity comes from taking the time to stop and practice breathing



THE 4-7-8 BREATHING TECHNIQUE


The 4-7-8 technique is a highly effective way to take control of your breathe.


How to breath using the 4-7-8 technique

The 4-7-8 breathing technique it simple. As follows

  • breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds

  • hold your breath for 7 seconds

  • breathe out through pursed lips for 8 seconds


The 4-7-8 breathing technique will help you with

  • stress

  • sleep

  • anxiety

Benefits of 4-7-8 breathing include


*slows heart rate

*reduces stress

*lowers cortisol

*creates calm

*helps with anxiety

*improves sleep

*aids digestion

*reduces blood pressure

*emotional regulation

*support positive mindset

*mental clarity

& more


Doing this for as little as one minute can do the trick, but take your time and give it a go for as long as it feels enjoyable.


5 INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TO HELP WITH BREATH WORK


We follow a few of the greats, when it comes to learning more on the subject, so if you are as interested as we are, take a look at


@iceman_hof

@the_breath_space

@thebreathguy

@breathpod

@breathwithjames

@slalom_burgess