In a previous post I wrote about the importance of deep breathing. In this post I expose what I have done in this area.
I am doing the Wim Hof breathing method each day now since a little more than a month.
How I do the Wim Hof Breathing method
How I do it is to lay on the couch alone in a room. Ideally a dark room. Headset on. In the morning I deactivate the background music so that I enjoy some seconds of light sleep. In the evening however, I activate the music.
I did the exercise for about three weeks, once in the morning before I go to work, and sometimes once just before I sleep. I used to inhale deep, hold it for the quiet period, then exhale. I once achieved a retention time of more than 3 minutes.
After I watched Wim in a Youtube video, I found out I was doing the exercise wrong! In fact, I needed to exhale first, hold the breath and later inhale for 15 seconds.
That explains my drop in retention time starting from October 17th.
Observations after some days of doing it
- No more stressed belly when sitting on the desk at work
- Movement of the diaphragm: I feel it easier and far less stressed
- General sense of calmness all day long
- Increased awareness of the environment around me