Don’t Hold Your Breath!

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Breathe in your nose 2, 3, 4 … Blow out your mouth 5, 6, 7, 8

Breathe in hold!  Now blow out for all your worth!

In again, and make that stomach rise! And, let it out…Phhhhhh

You have all heard this before in gym class of one sort or another. Instructors hollering out the deep breathing exercises.

Breathing exercises are very good for every part of your body, blood, heart and mind. Breathing deep a few minutes a day will build strong lungs, oxygenate your blood better, and rid your body of old, stale oxygen.  Deep breathing will help clear your thinking. It is very good to slow things down, de-stress and lower your heart rate for a calming effect.

Deep breathing is an excellent tool to use in an emergency situation. By greatly encouraging a person in distress to do deep breathing and showing them how to, can help someone regain their focus and give them a fighting chance to get through a very stressful, painful situation. Oh, you know it! It is not just good for mother’s giving birth! Everyone should be taught how to, including children.

Outdoors is positively the best place to breathe deep. Unless of course you are in high traffic, a factory area,  in a chemical aisle, or around any electronic store. You will have to be your own judge of the best place outdoors to do some deep breathing.

Indoors of course is the next best place. I do however, have some suggestions for deep breathing indoors. And yes, this is the purpose of this post.

Recently, I posed the question to some of my peeps on facebook, asking how often do you clean your ceiling fans? The few brave enough to answer, reported an astonishing low number for a whole year. Numbers like once, twice and ‘not near enough’! With numbers like these, and thinking about the greasy gunk and layers of dust that I clean off of the fan blades, is it any wonder that we get sick seasonally?

How often do you clean your furnace filter, the register ducks, AC filters and car fan filters? Yes, our cars now have fan filters that need replacing or cleaning too. Just think of all the different places that we breathe air, where the air we think is clean is actually being moved by something we wouldn’t want to touch!

Its starting to make sense now isn’t? All those ‘seasonal’ colds, flues, and lung infections that dramatically increase. They are not increasing because of the weather changing, but because of all those dirty filters and fans contaminating the very air we think is the cleanest.

So I propose we change this year and do what we can do to help ourselves and loved ones breathe clean air. No, not plant a tree now. And no, not stock up on Tylenol, Nightquil, Dayquil, and regimen of cough suppressants. Instead, do a simple ‘fall’ cleaning of all ceiling fans and filters that filter the very air you breathe. Then, breathe deep on the road to better health for you and all your loved ones.

And AGAIN! BREATHE in your nose 2, 3, 4! BLOW out your mouth 5, 6, 7, 8!

Just little common sense and just my opinion that’s why its free 😉


About Mammy Oaklee

A wife, mother, grand-mother, farmer and wrinkly ol' writer, who's finally got some roots planted in 'The Heart of the BottomsUP 2/3 Acre.' A born and raised city-chick, who found many'a smiles where her heart had always longed to be, in the country. Digging in as close to the beginning of creations, and finding wonderment with a smile. I live my life as a rollar-coaster adventure, and always adding new dreams as old ones are full-filled. Of course, I write about it all!
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2 Responses to Don’t Hold Your Breath!

  1. Re-learning to breathe is one of the most important skills. When we are babies we naturally breathe from our belly and use the full diaphragm and supporting muscles. As we get older (about the time we learn to talk) we shift towards shallower lung-breathing. Shallow breathing encourages the body to become tense and anxious…its a STRESS reaction. However, even when we are stressed and tense–if we begin to practice long, slow, diaphragmatic breathing–then it naturally ‘hacks’ our central nervous system and makes us calm down. I’ve never known a practiced deep breather to have insomnia problems. Awesome Post Mammy!

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