Have you experienced waking up tired or sometimes you aren’t just in the mood? Mornings aren’t always so easy. But it’s important to start your mornings right since it can affect the trajectory of your day and it wouldn’t do you any good if your day starts off a bit rocky. To help you feel energized and refreshed, you can do some breathing exercises. Breathing exercises can enhance your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Research also states that various breathing patterns activate brain networks that are related to one’s mood, attention, and body awareness. With that in mind, here are some breathing exercises you can try:
Basic Deep Breathing
This may be familiar to you if you have taken yoga classes. Just breathe deeply through your nose for five seconds. Then slowly breathe out through your nose for five seconds. Focus only on the movement of your breath. Practicing this consistently can help you lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
Alternate Nostril Breathing
Place your right hand toward your nose then use your right thumb to cover your right nostril. Inhale through your left nostril. Then use your pointer finger to close the left nostril and release your thumb on your right nostril. Exhale through your right nostril. Continue doing the same steps, but this time start inhaling through the right nostril.
From a standing position, bend forward from the waist with your knees slightly bent, letting your arms dangle close to the floor. As you inhale slowly and deeply, return to a standing position by rolling up slowly, lifting your head last. Hold your breath for just a few seconds in this standing position. Exhale slowly as you return to the original position. This breathing exercise can help you clear your head and it can also help you relieve muscle stiffness.
Invigorating Fist Pump
Sit comfortably with your legs crossed. With your hands in fists, held up near your chest, pump your arms in the air as you exhale. Then bring the arms down level with your chest as you inhale through the nose.
Skull Shining Breath
Breathe in deeply through your nose. At the top of your exhale, begin breathing out sharply through the mouth with forceful blows. Each exhale should be quick, releasing small bits of air from your lungs until there is no more. Blow out about 10 times per exhale. Then repeat the process.
Your morning routine will surely be lighter and more consistent if you include these breathing exercises. These exercises can certainly improve your health and well-being so it is best to follow these!