What if you didn’t wait for vacations to breathe?

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There exists a source of energy able to act on all energetic levels and, as such, to have a significant effect on individual and organizational performances: it’s breathing!

If one can stand a couple of weeks without food and a few days without water, survival with no air is down to few minutes only. One should thus pay very close attention to breathing! If you are used to working out, you might understand the importance of correct breathing to maximize your performance and the benefits of your workout. But what about everyday life? Shouldn’t breathing be given the same importance?

Still, the main source of energy, central to the physical dimension but with a spectacular impact on all other energy types, is breathing.

The benefits of good breathing go beyond the physical dimension!

When one thinks about “breathing”, the link is usually made with the physical dimension in a rather natural way. However, breathing, as a source of energy, has also a spectacular impact on all other energy levels.

In fact, did you ever notice that during a stressful event or emotional episode, the first thing that is affected is your breathing? Under such circumstances, breathing adopts an erratic and shallow pattern, prepping the body to Fighting, Fleeing, or Freezing reactions (the (in)famous 3-Fs).

As demonstrated by Stephen Elliott[1], Dr. Alan Watkins[2], and Dr. David Servan-Schreiber[3], among others, being able to get a grip on and master your breathing is one powerful way to bring coherence to your heart rate rhythm and its variability (or HRV, measuring the change in interval between each heartbeat) and therefore regain awareness about your state of mind, the context you are in, and its consequence. A clearer and lucid mind would naturally yield better thinking, decision-making, and action abilities. Your physiological state would favor a clear and lucid mind, naturally yielding better thinking, decision-making, action abilities, and in fine an optimal performance given the circumstances.

In addition to its impact on your physiology, a good breathing helps you to master your emotions and emotional states and take the best out of them to move forward. In fact, concentrating on breathing forces you to let go of whatever occupies your mind, focus, rest and calm down.

Stay tuned for our next newsletter to know how to achieve this.

To conclude…

Whatever the method used, practicing breathing might be particularly useful for those of us who feel the need for constant movement and activity, and who might experience anxiety and Stress at the thought of actually stopping and taking a moment to rest. By “reconditioning” your body to relaxation, you can reconnect with your emotions and physical sensations, and leverage the full power of Flow states as breathing also promotes intellectual energy through clearing the mind and promoting lucid reasoning. Finally, breathing has been widely promoted by all spiritual practices as a way to transcend physical, emotional, and intellectual self to reach a state of enlightenment about your position within bigger systems.

All in all, breathing has a tremendous impact on all energy types and levels, as well as on stress reduction.

If two minutes of regular, conscious, and smooth breathing are enough to re-establish a state of coherence, the regular practice remains key to making it automatic.

To consume without moderation, without waiting for your vacation ;-)

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[1] Stephen Elliott is the inventor of the Coherent Breathing method and multiple patents on methods and systems supporting it. His method was introduced in his book “The New Science of Breath” published in 2005.

[2] Cardiologist, immunologist, and neuroscientist, Dr. Alan Watkins investigates coherence and its effect on human performance. His method is detailed in his book “Complete Coherence” published in 2014.

[3] David Servan-Schreiber is a French doctor and neuro-psychologist, author of numerous books, notably “The Instinct to Heal: Curing Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Without Drugs and Without Talk Therapy”.