A Neglected Habit That Can Change your Life
The ability to breathe is vital to our survival. However, breathing often gets overlooked because we are continually doing it. When someone makes us aware of our breathing, it is then that we remember that our breathing is something we constantly control.
In with the Good, Out with the Bad
Many people do not even realize that there is a right and wrong way to breathe. The correct way is to breathe through your nose instead of your mouth. An easy way to remember this is to remind yourself that your nose is for breathing and your mouth is for eating.
Breathing through your mouth is not only bad for your body in the short-term but can have many adverse long-term effects.
Thankfully, you can do things to fix the way you breathe and take advantage of the many benefits that go along with breathing correctly. But how can you tell if you are breathing through your mouth instead of your nose regularly?
Here are three signs that you are breathing through your mouth instead of your nose.
1. You tend to have dazed facial expressions - When you breathe through your mouth, it narrows the passages in your nose and draws out the length of your face. Doing so leaves you with a facial expression that may give people the impression that you are zoned out or confused. Face it, how many times have you noticed someone on a virtual meeting with these types of expressions? If you are looking to improve your breathing while bettering your appearance, start by closing your mouth and breathing through your nose.
2. You have a constant dry mouth and bad breath - No one wants to have bad breath, especially when you are interacting with others. Maybe you never noticed that your dry mouth or breath was a problem until you started wearing a mask every day.
Mouth breathing is a leading cause for both dry mouth and bad breath. However, it is not always an active choice to breathe through your mouth. So instead of living off of breath mints and mouth wash, see if there is a deeper issue leading to your mouth breathing.
3. You are unable to take long, deep breaths through your nose consistently - As previously mentioned, sometimes breathing through your mouth is not an active decision. Here is an example.
When technology fails you the moment you need it most, and you are ready to throw your laptop out the window, you may heed the advice of a loved one to take some deep breaths. As you attempt to breathe deeply, you find that your nose is stuffed and unable to breathe deeply unless it is through your mouth.
This issue may have been a problem you have struggled with your entire life or did not become apparent until this moment.
Whether it is a lifelong struggle or a new discovery, not being able to breathe through your nose is a problem.
If you have been struggling with breathing properly, there has never been a better time to find a solution. There are many simple methods to fix your breathing issues and find the freedom to live the life you want.
You have lived with these restrictions long enough. If you are ready to open up the possibilities that a life of breathing freely can provide, see how ADVENT can help you.