.Increased oxygen decreases stress, improves mood, focus, athletic performance and other positive things. However, the average adult breathes shallowly through their chest rather than using their diaphragm (the muscle responsible for breathing). Shallow chest breathing causes a continual state of low-grade stress since it provides less oxygen, can overburden the heart, and strains the neck and shoulder muscles.. To practice diaphragmatic (aka "belly") breathing, place one hand on your belly and the other on your chest while you breathe. You should feel your belly push your hand away while your chest should not rise. In addition, breathing through your nose rather than your mouth and using good posture-- sitting and and standing-up straight-- are important. Keep practicing techniques, and enjoy the wellness rewards!
Varying Your Types of Exercise Leads to Better Health
Doing 3 or more types of exercise is more effective than focusing on just one, according to an NYU health study. People who do so are more likely to reach the recommended goal of 150 minutes per week and less likely to get bored and quit. Exercise variety also prevents overuse injuries and builds different body systems. Weights and high-impact exercise builds bone density, hiking increases relaxation, and yoga and stretching increase balance and stability while offering mental health benefits. Engaging in social sports such as tennis or badminton (safely, or post-Coronavirus), also increases longevity!
Just Getting it Done or Making the Decision Will Make You Happiest
Just getting something done, whether it's making a decision or finishing a project, will leave you more satisfied with your choice than trying to perfect it. Research shows that people who move forward with an outcome they’d be fine with, rather than endlessly searching for “the perfect one”, are happiest. (Remember the term “Analysis Paralysis”?) So, just do it, take a victory lap and move on. It's perfectly fine.
About the Author
While developing and marketing products in the Beauty industry I naturally became interested in things associated with beauty, both inside and out. As I learned about nutrition, exercise, meditation, yoga, toxin-free skincare, mindfulness, clean eating... (and the list goes on) it became clear how important they all are not only to beauty, but to a healthy, balanced, happy life. Volumes of information scattered across so many platforms felt overwhelming, and hard to use. Thus I decided to bring it all together in one place so it could be acted-on collectively. This idea became Collective Wellness. It is both an ever-growing collection of wellness information and a collective of people---a community that is learning, growing and sharing the wellness journey together. I hope you join us. Welcome to Collective Wellness!