Mindful breathing brings oxygen deep into our diaphragm, and, is often referred to as ‘belly breathing’.
The benefits of belly breathing include energy level increases, as well as a calming effect in the central nervous system and mind. Mindful deep breathing also increases lung capacity.
I recommend a ‘four count breathing’ process as follows:
1. Inhale deeply for a count of 4;
2. Hold your inhale breath for a count of 4;
3. Exhale for a count of 4;
4. Hold your exhale breath for a count of 4.
Strive to do this process 4 times in a row, and then breathe normally. Do this process several times a day, and, when you are first in bed at night, or when awakened during the night.