Sleep and Posture Part 2
Have you taken up the January Evolved Health challenge to observe your posture and breathing? Have you been noticing how often you hold your breath or breathe only into your chest?
Breath is one of the easiest gateways to controlling something that you can control – your mental state, energy level and ultimately, your health.
Breathing Tips to relax or ramp up:
If you want to have higher energy, take longer inhales and shorter exhales. You can also take some fast, deep breaths to quickly ramp up energy. Back in Karate days, I used to do this before entering into a sparring match. Then I would calm myself with deep belly breathing while dropping into centre. It is combination that produces high energy with relaxed alertness, the greatest performance state.
If you need to relax, simply take longer exhales through your nose.
If you would like to cool down from anger or anxiety, slowly draw 5-6 long breaths in through your mouth as if you were sucking it through a straw. Exhale out your nostrils.
In all of these breathing practices, feel your belly rise and fall with your breathing and relax any body tension on the exhalation.
Using ways to naturally control your energy levels will help you avoid the sugar/caffeine/alcohol path to energy management that ultimately dis-regulates cortisol, insulin, and other hormones that influence your health and weight management.
It’s a small step. Its easy. Just do it. The small steps add up.