Breathing Exercises for Overall Health

breathing exercises for overall health

While breathing is something we typically take for granted, it is actually something that can have a dramatic impact on our health. When you have naturally healthy lungs, you likely won’t think twice about breathing as it will come naturally and be easy. However, over time, our lungs can begin to function less and less optimally. This is especially true for those that suffer from a respiratory condition like asthma. Along with this, those that subject their lungs to smoke can experience this as well. The issue occurs when the stale air builds up which leaves less room for the diaphragm to contract and bring in fresh oxygen1. As a result, our body is forced to compensate in order to breathe in properly which requires the use of outside muscles including the chest, neck, and back. This ultimately results in less oxygen entering the body which can reduce the amount of oxygen your body regularly has to work with. This can then negatively impact your ability to provide sufficient oxygen to your organs during exercise or physical activity. Below, we will be going over some of the reasons why breathing exercises can help.

Reasons Breathing Exercises Can Help Improve Your Overall Health:

Reduction in Stress

One of the best ways that breathing exercises can help your overall health is through a direct decrease in stress levels. One of the major issues that a lot of people deal with is excess stress either due to work-related issues or simple life issues. Regardless, stress can take a toll on the body and mind. Not only can it cause severe inflammation throughout the body, but it is shown to be at the root of a variety of diseases because of it2. Studies have shown that deep breathing exercises have the ability to help reduce negative subjective and physiological consequences of stress in healthy adults3. By leveraging the use of essential oils known to help with stress reduction, you should be able to compound the benefits that you would get from regular breathing exercises by incorporating them with the practice of aromatherapy. Some of the most effective for stress relief would have to be lavender and chamomile, both of which can be found in MONQ’s Sleepy blend.

woman having an asthma sttackAsthma

Another positive way that breathing exercises should be able to improve your general health and well-being is through helping one cope with asthma. Research has shown that breathing exercises can help to improve not only your breathing but your quality of life as well4. This is true when breathing exercises are combined with the appropriate medication. Some of the better breathing exercises that can be incorporated are nasal breathing, diaphragmatic breathing, and even yoga breathing exercises.

older man wide awake at nightSleeping Issues

Another major issue that a lot of people are faced with is directly related to an inability to either fall asleep or get quality sleep. Breathing exercises are capable of helping one achieve higher quality sleep in a variety of ways. Not only can it help to minimize the feelings of stress, but it can also reduce anxiety which can keep someone up at night. Along with this, it is going to allow you to effectively breath better at night which can keep you from constantly waking up throughout the night which is going to allow you to achieve higher quality sleep in total. MONQ’s Sleepy blend is also a great option for those that want to implement breathing exercises, and to effectively boost the ability to not only fall asleep but to remain asleep.

Better Stamina

As noted previously, when your lungs begin to lose their optimal function and sponginess, you will begin to take in less oxygen. This decrease in oxygen is going to have a direct impact on your physical ability and your stamina. As a result, by working on your breathing and by effectively optimizing the amount of air you intake when you breathe, you should be able to improve your stamina considerably. By incorporating breathing exercises along with MONQ’s Forest and Active formulas, you should be able to improve overall stamina.

Aromatherapy leverages the power of one of our most powerful senses – the sense of smell. Due to our sense of smell being linked directly to our brain, it can trigger various responses when we breathe in certain aromas. A variety of essential oils as discussed above have inherent therapeutic properties which make them effective at helping boost our general health. By combining the use of aromatherapy, essential oils, and breathing exercises, you should be able to make significant improvements to your overall health.

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Krista Burton

By Krista Burton

Krista is an aromatherapy enthusiast who enjoys writing and researching about all the new aromatherapy trends. When she’s not busy writing and researching you can find her dreaming about being on the beach.

Favorite MONQ blend: Ocean

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The above information relates to studies of specific individual essential oil ingredients, some of which are used in the essential oil blends for various MONQ diffusers. Please note, however, that while individual ingredients may have been shown to exhibit certain independent effects when used alone, the specific blends of ingredients contained in MONQ diffusers have not been tested. No specific claims are being made that use of any MONQ diffusers will lead to any of the effects discussed above.  Additionally, please note that MONQ diffusers have not been reviewed or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. MONQ diffusers are not intended to be used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, prevention, or treatment of any disease or medical condition. If you have a health condition or concern, please consult a physician or your alternative health care provider prior to using MONQ diffusers.

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