We can’t focus on our breathing habits at all hours of the day, but there are some major benefits that come when we set time aside for deep breathing. What is deep breathing, you ask? It is the process of breathing with long breaths (go figure) and can actually be used as method of relaxation. Breathing deeply may seem unnatural at first, but with the right amount of practice, you can take advantage of numerous benefits.

To practice the art of deep breathing, breathe in through your nose until your lungs are filled to capacity. Then, slowly let the air out through your mouth. Here are a few of the benefits you can expect from prac-ticing deep breathing:

Benefit #1: Releasing Toxins

When you don’t breathe effectively, you don’t take advantage of the process’s ability to remove harmful toxins from your body. As you probably know, exhaling releases carbon dioxide build up-and when you fail to do this properly, your body has to work overtime and may result in illness, stress, or exhaus-tion.

Benefit #2: Relaxing the Mind

As you might imagine, there are countless physical benefits to the act of deep breathing. That being said, there are a number of mental/emotional benefits as well. For example, by getting adequate oxygen into your system, you can actually reduce your anxiety levels. So, next time you need to relax your mind, try breathing slowly, deeply, and purposefully.

Benefit #3: Improving Posture

You may not realize it now, but your ability to breathe deeply is directly correlated with your posture. By practicing deep breathing techniques, you can actually encourage the practice of better posture.

Now that you are aware of some of the mental, emotional, and physical advantages of deep breathing, you’ll hopefully begin to implement its practice into your life. There’s no easier, or more natural, way to release toxins, relax the mind, and improve your posture all at once!