Let’s talk about breathing. We never had to learn how to breathe. We always knew exactly how to do it from the very moment we were born and never had to question it. Until we grew up. We often hear the reminders from doctors, movement coaches, meditation facilitators: “Breathe deeply”, “Don’t forget to breathe”, “Don’t hold your breath”.
What happened to our breathing pattern?
As a reaction to our environment and daily stress, we develop something called shallow or chest breathing. During shallow breathing, we draw a minimum amount of air into the lungs through the chest without fully engaging the diaphragm. This type of breathing is very common in everyone who is under pressure or stress, but it can develop into a habit that leads to further tension and anxiety creating a vicious circle when our sympathetic nervous system is aroused and the ‘fight or flight’ response is activated.
In people with adrenal fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome, symptoms, such as lack of energy, mental fog, dizziness, irritability and stiffened muscles are closely linked to shallow breathing (you can read more about it here).