Overcoming the Hustle and Bustle: The Importance of Breath

The problem with shallow chest breathing is that it decreases the diaphragm’s range of motion, which inhibits the lowest portion of the lungs from getting a full share of oxygenated air, creating a feeling of shortness of breath and anxiety. On the contrary, deep belly breathing encourages full oxygen exchange (oxygen in, carbon dioxide out), which slows the heartbeat and breathing rate and can lower blood pressure and stress levels.

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