While practices of meditation, mindfulness and breathing have been around for thousands of years its only recently when scientists started to document their positive impact on overall health and wellbeing. We live in the world where stress is ubiquitous and the need for calm has never been more essential. Due to their many health benefits (increased immune function, happiness, attention, decreased stress and anxiety) these practices are becoming part of holistic and functional health protocols and first line of defense to enhance mental health.
The common goal of any type of meditation is to quieten the internal chatter of the mind and create a sense of calm, peace and tranquility. Similarly, breathing exercises are known for their stress reducing benefits. Deep breathing helps to synchronise the sympathetic nervous system (flight or fight) with parasympathetic system (rest and digest), essentially spending more time in parasympathetic mode which will help to reduce and handle stress better.
Implementing these practices just for 5-10min each day can do wanders for our overall sense of calm, overall health, happiness and wellbeing.