The 1 Thing You Should be Perfecting During This Pandemic

Nicole Baptista
3 min readDec 3, 2020
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The year that will never be forgotten. Not for the greatest of reasons, obviously.

The uncertainty of events has left many of us feeling frightened, stressed, low, tired… and there’s nothing wrong with this. Most of us have never experienced such a traumatic event on a global scale.

But with all this fear and anxiety, lots of us are struggling with physical problems like headaches, stomach pains, panic attacks and tightness in our chests (all normal responses to stress). It can often feel hard to keep up with daily tasks.

But all is not lost.

If you start to pay attention to this one thing (and begin working on it daily), you can slowly start to let go of worry.

I’m talking about your breathing.

So many of us are going about our daily lives breathing incorrectly. In fact, you’re probably breathing incorrectly right now.

Yes, and? What does that matter?

Quite a lot actually.

Breathing too fast, chest breathing, or holding your breath is screwing up your body without you even realizing.

These habits lead to a shortage of oxygen to the body, causing problems like lack of energy, an unbalanced nervous system, a weakened digestive system and constricted blood vessels.

So what’s the solution?

Deep belly breathing (sometimes called diaphragmatic breathing).

Have you ever watched a baby sleeping? The rise and fall of their bellies. That’s how we all start out breathing. As we grow older, chronic stress and worries cause our breathing patterns to become constricted and shallower.

Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash

What Are the Benefits of Deep Belly Breathing?

· Reduces your stress response as it activates the longest nerve in your body (the vagus nerve). This important nerve regulates your heart rate, your blood pressure and your digestion. As a result, your digestion will be stronger, as well as many of your other…

Nicole Baptista

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