Are You Breathing Correctly?

In the whirlwind of our daily lives, it’s all too common to put our own well-being on the back burner. Between juggling work, family, and countless responsibilities, finding a moment to catch our breath – both figuratively and literally – can feel impossible.

I started to dabble with breathwork, after suffering a few panic attacks where I literally felt like I couldn’t breathe. I started to notice on a daily basis, how often I held my breath or my breath felt labored. I knew how important breathing properly is and how it can help with reducing stressing, enhancing focus, and creating a sense of calm. So, I made the commitment to lean into the practice of conscious breathing.

The Shallow Breathing Trap

We’ve all been there – the overwhelming moments when stress seems to take over, and our breath becomes shallow and confined to our chest. Little do we know, this instinctive response actually signals our body to release stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, making the situation even more challenging. But worry not, there’s a way out. It’s all about shifting from shallow chest breathing to diaphragmatic and abdominal breathing.

The concept is simple: inhale and exhale from your belly, not your chest. By engaging your diaphragm and allowing your abdomen to rise and fall with each breath, you tap into your body’s natural relaxation response, helping to keep stress at bay.

How to Practice

Here’s the beauty of this technique – it doesn’t require carving out a huge chunk of your day. In fact, you can weave it seamlessly into your daily routine. Start by placing one hand on your stomach and another on your chest. Inhale deeply through your nose, allowing your belly to expand, while keeping your chest still. As you exhale, feel your belly naturally contract. It’s a simple, subtle motion that brings a world of difference.

Four-Directional Breath for Enhanced Balance

Take your practice up a notch by embracing the four-way breath. As you inhale, imagine your breath expanding not just in the front, but also to the sides and back of your body. With one hand on your stomach and another on your chest, you’ll physically feel the fullness of your breath. This technique creates a powerful connection between your mind and body, anchoring you in the present moment and promoting balance.

The Ripple Effect of Mindful Breathing

Incorporating this mindful breathing into your daily routine yields remarkable benefits. As you continue practicing, you’ll find that your stress levels decrease, making room for increased focus and mental clarity. This technique is your secret weapon in moments of chaos, allowing you to access a calm and centered state even when challenges arise.

A Daily Ritual for Nourishment

Think of this practice as a daily gift to yourself. In a world that constantly demands your attention, taking a few moments to center yourself can make a world of difference. As you practice diaphragmatic and abdominal breathing, you’ll cultivate a deeper mind-body connection that nourishes your overall well-being.


This is your invitation to reclaim your breath and, in turn, your peace. The power of breath work lies in its simplicity – an easily accessible tool that can transform the way you approach stress and find balance in the midst of chaos. Embrace this practice, weave it into your routine, and watch as it empowers you to face each day with newfound calm, focus, and vitality. Remember, your breath is your anchor – use it to navigate the storms of life and find serenity within.