What is diaphragmatic breathing?
It is a complicated words for belly breathing.
Remember how babies breathe? Or your favorite pet? Watch them. They don’t chest-breathe like us. They use their entire belly like a little bellow–in like a balloon, expanding, and then out.
We forget how to breathe with our full bellies. Somehow along the line, anxiety and mental energy takes over and all of a sudden we are shallow-breathing in our chests, which restricts our ability to relax. When we breathe with our diaphragm, that muscle that lies beneath our lungs like a parachute, we then tell our brains–
“slow down, all is well, no worry or anxiety here, no danger.”
This is the relaxation response.
When we engage our bellies in our breath, we are showing ourselves that though we may feel worry or anxiety or fear or anger or frustration or sadness, that we can cope with it, we are strong, and we are worthy.
Are you ready to deep belly breathe today?
Original Post February 25, 2020
Allie Kochert is certified in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, a Certified Group Psychotherapist, and a spiritual director. She is also LGBTQIA-allied and offers a holistic view on mental wellness. Practicing in the State of PA, she has a passion for working with women who struggle with life transitions, stress, anxiety, and depression; perinatal mental health (postpartum depression and anxiety); grief and loss; relationship issues; and psycho-spiritual issues. To learn more about her and her work, check out her website Rooted Growth Counseling. Call (717) 885-2021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a FREE 15-minute consultation. Visit Allie Kochert’s Profile.