Breathing is one of the most important ways that we communicate with our bodies. Through our breathing, we tell our bodies how to react to the various forms of stimulation that we face throughout the day. By breathing, we are regulating the flow of oxygen throughout the body, which stimulates our heart and brain and allows us to think and move better. If our brain does not receive enough oxygen, we may experience stress, or a frantic sense of being overwhelmed. This stress will make it more difficult to focus, both in the short and long term.
However, oxygen isn’t the only important aspect of proper breathing. Our body also relies on its ability to hold in carbon dioxide (C02). Generally we think of CO2 as a waste product that our breath pushed out because we don’t need it. This is not entirely true. Instead, our bodies require a balance of oxygen and carbon-dioxide. Losing too much CO2 can cause the blood pH level to fluctuate and limit the amount of oxygen that our blood releases into our cells.
Studies show that proper breathing techniques can help to trigger relaxation even through difficult ordeals. As a form of stress management, proper breathing can help to facilitate problem-solving, clear thinking, and decreased anger responses allowing for better interpersonal relationships.