Does Breathing Affect Our Psychology?
Updated: May 28
I have been wondering for a while whether breathing can change your modes. Can it help you become happier? Calmer? Or even more emotionally stable? It has to, right?
When I started searching, I stumbled upon the physiological needs. A person cannot live without air, sleep, water, and food. The most crucial physiological need is air. You can survive a day or two without water or food. However, you cannot survive without air for longer than a few minutes. Therefore, we know that breathing is one of the most crucial actions we do one a daily basis, mostly without noticing it.
There are great benefits for breathing, including:
Decreasing stress & increases calm
Lowers blood pressure
Lowers heart rate
And countless other benefits. You must be careful, though; it only affects you if you breathe more, not less, and not by having fast breaths, but by having deep breaths. Increasing the length of your inhaling and exhaling would give you these benefits more and more. Yoga fucoses on breathing a lot because it helps your muscles and improves your mind.
How does it work, though?
We start our lives with inhalation and end it with an exhalation. The normal state of being is neither sad nor happy, neither anxious nor relaxed, and neither angry nor calm. It is in between those emotions—those two extremes depending on your heart rate. If you have a strong feeling, your heart will beat faster and faster. Therefore, you will breathe faster and faster to supply your body with enough oxygen.
Having deep breaths lowers heart rates, which makes you feel more in the normal state. Moreover, having more oxygen in your brain helps you in creating connections. This increases your attention span and memory.
To improve our mental state and health, we should take deep breaths as much as we can. Whenever you remember, take a couple of deep breaths. We could also so breathing sessions for five or ten minutes—all to improve and become better.