Learning to breathe fully, and exercising your respiratory muscles, are key to healthy aging. We take the ability to breathe freely and fully for granted. However, like other muscles in the body, the respiratory muscles become weak and less efficient with age, if they are not sufficiently exercised. This is particularly true for the muscles responsible for inhalation, i.e. the diaphragm and the intercostal muscles. Imagine having to continuously struggle to catch your breath!
Research shows a direct link between how you breathe, how you feel, and relationship satisfaction. Here's why, and how you can change your life by altering how you breathe. You probably already know that chronic stress wreaks havoc on relationships. Research shows that when stressed, you are more likely to be anxious, depressed, irritable, stubborn, pessimistic, and have a hard time communicating effectively. There's hope. By changing how you breathe you can defuse the impact
Researchers at Stanford University may have uncovered link between how you breathe and how your brain functions. It has long been known that slow, deep breathing induces relaxation and a sense of calm. Despite the benefits of controlled breathing, research has yet to fully elucidate the mechanisms through which alterations in breath reduce stress and anxiety. In a new study, researchers at Stanford University may have solved this mystery, at least in mice. Breathing is an aut
For the first time, researchers at Trinity College Dublin show a neurophysiological link between breathing patterns and attention. For years studies have linked yogic breathing practices and breath-focused meditation to everything from increased relaxation, positive emotion, greater focus, heightened attention and decreased stress to less mind wandering. To date, we’ve yet to understand why this occurs. In a groundbreaking study, researchers at Trinity College Institute of Ne
Feeling stressed? Here are 4 great tips that you can use right now. In a 2017 Educator Quality of Work Life Survey, roughly two thirds of the nearly 5,000 respondents said their work was “always” or “often” stressful; twice the rate felt by professionals in the general population. Sponsored by American Federation of Teachers and the Badass Teacher’s Association, school staff reported that their mental health is poor, they’re sleep deprived, and they’re more likely to be diagn
Researchers in Alberta Canada discover that stress is contagious, and that social support may help buffer these effects, but only for women. Last year Americans reported their highest stress levels in over a decade according to an American Psychological Association survey. Emotion researchers have long known that feelings like joy, sadness, and anger are “contagious.” Could this also be true for stress? A team at the Cumming School of Medicine’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute at t