Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
Living in an era of ‘more’, grandiose actions and spectacles and promotion of the law of the jungle (the survival of the fittest) we are progressively losing our attention to the little every day things and constantly chase 1st place.
That partially leads to prolonged stress as we remain in a constant ‘fight & flight’ mode increasing the production of stress hormones and further suppressing the ‘rest & digest‘ activity of our nervous system. On top of that it strips away the power we have to help and empower ourselves.
So no more big words and straight to the little things!
Breathing is one of the most fundamental functions of not only our physical existence but our psychological one as well. Several studies have shown not only how improper breathing (shallow, quick, chest breathing) can perpetuate chronic stress but also how it can lead to it.
On the other end of the scale much research has focused on the therapeutic merits of breathing. Effectively reversing the aforementioned in addition to giving and rhythmic massage to the internal organs (helping with digestion and elimination), helping regulating the cavity pressures of the body.
Breathing is also a very powerful way for the body to regulate its pH (the level of acidity-alkalinity) – ever thought about why hyperventilating people need to breath into a bag to reverse the shock??
So, a very simple and quick exercise you can do to re-educate your body and mind to be aware of appropriate breathing is to lie on your back, put one hand on your belly and one on your chest and make sure that only the belly hand is moving up and down with your breath. It might be slightly difficult to begin with but it definitely will get easier quickly and that will also make you more aware of your breath generally as not breathing properly will stand out a lot more.
Everyone knows that posture is immensely important for the movement and function of the bones and muscles and progressively more people are becoming aware of its effects to the internal organs.
Same as above its directly linked with psychology and lot information about someone can be obtained by the way the hold their bodies.
What can you do to remind yourself on day-to-day basis is:
Digestion of your food has started from the very moment it enters the mouth. Not only does the biggest part of the mechanical breakdown of food happens there but the action of salivary enzymes starts breaking down the food further.
So don’t rush eating!! Besides the very well known benefit of eating slower, weight control as you don’t over eat as easily, it also plays an important role in preparing the food for easier and more effective digestion and absorption. That includes smoothies and Nutribullets etc, make sure that you do not swallow the semi liquid substance straight away but chew it 5-6 times so you get the benefit of the salivary enzymes.