The simplest things can make the biggest difference in your life. We all know we need to breathe in order to live but we pay very little attention to this precious body function.
A study carried out by researchers at Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and the Global Brain Health Institute at Trinity, shows for the first time that breathing — a key element of meditation and mindfulness practices — directly affects the levels of a natural chemical messenger in the brain called noradrenaline. This chemical messenger is released when we are challenged, curious, exercised, focused or emotionally aroused, and, if produced at the right levels, helps the brain grow new connections, like a brain fertilizer. The way we breathe, in other words, directly affects the chemistry of our brains in a way that can enhance our attention and improve our brain health.
Why not give it a try?
Children -and adults- can start integrating conscious breathing techniques into daily life. In the same way we encourage other healthy habits such as brushing the teeth, saying I am sorry, or cleaning up after themselves, we can also teach them to take a pause periodically to take deep breaths or teaching a simple technique. Encourage them to notice and name how the different breathing exercises affect how they feel, think and behave. Children will learn to explore breathing for themselves, and this gives them a way to cultivate their own inner wisdom and strength.
Breath-focused practices have numerous known cognitive benefits, including increased ability to focus, decreased mind wandering, stress, anxiety, improved more positive emotions, decreased emotional reactivity, along with many others.
We have the opportunity to give children a life-long tool for managing their stress and cultivating inner peace.
Let’s start today.
Watch here this free video with an easy breathing exercise.
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