I have a bad posture. I tend to slouch and sit in front of the computer for long hours. I developed upper back pain and shoulder pain. To manage the back and shoulder pain, I would use a foam roller or a rolled up Yoga mat to roll the “knots” away. Before I can roll away the knots, I have to roll through a series of pain. It is a self-inflicted torture chamber.
I have recently come across Dr. Belisa Vranich’s video on better breathing. The lesson in the video is about how to use your belly to breath. Belly breathing is actually nothing new to our body. If you observe babies or young children sleeping, they tend to use their belly to breath.
As we grow older due to lifestyle changes, we have “forgotten” how to use belly to breathe.
Dr Belisa’s video is the perfect way to remind the body how we should correctly breathe once more.
I have been using belly breathing for nearly a month. I practise it in the morning when I got up, at the traffic light, lining up and waiting for someone or the elevator. I do it no more than five minutes per session.
The belling breathing method is subtle enough that I will not attract any attention nor there is a need to carry any equipment. As soon as there is a chance, regardless how little time I have, I can pay attention to the belly breathing.
Since I started practising belling breathing, panic attack such as shortness of breath has gone away. More importantly, I fall asleep faster, especially I practise it just before going to bed.
I still get upper back and shoulder pain. It is slightly more manageable.
The breathing exercise is not a miracle drug or a silver bullet. It just helps me to manage the day better by focusing on the present moment and get detached from the insanity.
For those who are interested in Dr Belisa’s breathing courses, you can find the link here. I have no affiliation with Dr Belisa or her courses. Rather, I just find her breathing method useful.