Conscious breathing should be a prescription drug.
It extends life, restores emotional balance, has enormous influence on our physical and mental health, supports skin regeneration.
Only small children, under 3-4 years of age, breathe correctly. After that we slowly lose that natural ability. Women breathe particularly poorly.
You breathe ca. 20 thousand times a day, and still you can have hypoxia.
An effective breathing process is not based on the work of lungs, but that of diaphragm. During a correctly performed inhalation, diaphragm lowers down and makes room for extending lungs, which allows them to fully fill up with oxygen. While exhaling, abdominal muscles push diaphragm upwards, which simplifies pushing air out of the lungs.
Check how you breathe.
Put one hand above your chest, the other on your belly, slightly below the bridge. If during breathing only the hand on your chest moves, it means that you are using your diaphragm only to an insignificant degree.
Your body then receives insufficient amount of oxygen and gets tired more quickly. Also skin suffers, because regeneration processes are slower.
While men usually do not have a problem with diaphragmatic breathing, women breathe this way very rarely. So, if you have a daughter, teach her diaphragmatic breathing and – as often as possible – breathe this way yourself too.
The first step towards correct breathing
Start and finish your day with a deep breath. Pause for a moment. Sit down together with your child on the floor. You do not need a mat. You can sit or even lay in bed.
Breathe slowly and evenly. Exhale even twice as long as you inhale.
When you breathe in, fill your belly with air, like a balloon, and release the air as you breathe out.
You can repeat that exercise as often as you feel like. Especially before bedtime, to calm down your child’s emotions and help him or her fall asleep peacefully.
Breathing – another version
Sit with your backs pressed against each other. Breathe in slowly through your nose. Breathe out through your mouth. Repeat it minimum 10 times. Do not rush. Enjoy every breath, especially if you can breathe fresh air.
Stand straight. Straighten up and let your arms down. Check if your child’s posture is correct. Take a deep breath through your nose. Slowly try to lift one leg up. To keep balance you can rest e.g. against a wall. Take 10 deep breaths. Smile more and more with each breath you take.
Smiling and positive attitude are underestimated, but for me they are exceptionally important in a psychosomatic disease such as AD. Your child need to feel your support, and your calmness will have a positive impact on stress hormone reduction in your child’s organism and releasing irritation and negative emotions related to the disease and skin condition.
Breathing exercises are best when performed before bedtime.
Sleep plays a key role in regenerating your child’s atopic skin.
HERE you can read why.