Take a deep breath and just breathe. And release. Mindful breathing, also called relaxation breathing or belly breathing will optimize oxygen intake, this is especially important for cancer patients as relaxation exercises can help them to cope better from the pain and the stress of their situation. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the rush and forget to take a moment to breathe. We often take our breathing for granted, but it’s an essential part of our lives, and mindful breathing can help us become more aware of our breath and reduce stress and anxiety.
Mindful breathing is a simple but powerful technique that involves paying attention to your breath and focusing on the sensation of breathing. It’s a form of meditation that can be done anywhere, anytime, and doesn’t require any special equipment or training.
Inhale bottom up, filling with air like a water balloon. Start by pushing out the abdominal muscles, then expand the upper chest, pause, then a slow exhale to empty. This reduces anxiety and benefits tissues near the heart. The area is sensitive to changes in oxygenation of the blood. The breathing modifies the heart rate and sends messages to the brain for calm. As you breathe, focus your attention on the sensation of the breath entering and leaving your body. Notice how it feels as the air passes through your nostrils, fills your lungs, and then leaves your body. Try to keep your mind focused on your breath and let go of any distracting thoughts or emotions.
In meditation, start with a few belly breaths, then just observe the ins and outs. It’s about using this as an object of observation. It will create focus. If frightened, focus on your breathing. Then go into the mindful breathing. It will help to alleviate the fear and anxiety.
Just breathe and feel alive with breathing!