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Poor Health Can Come From Ineffective Breathing, And How To Do It Right

Poor Health Can Come From Ineffective Breathing, And How To Do It Right

Lack of Oxygen

It is widely known that we wouldn’t be able to survive without oxygen. It is so due to the fact that all of our organs feed on it to function properly, especially our brain and our heart. In order to keep our overall health intact, enough oxygen needs to be passed to all our organs, and all carbon dioxide needs to be exhaled.

Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and as a result, we develop a condition called respiratory failure. Minor cases of the condition are manifested by shortness of breath, rapid breathing, and in more severe cases, patients can experience confusion and sleepiness. Many respiratory diseases and injuries affecting respiratory organs can cause lack of oxygen in our body, yet in most cases of respiratory failure, the reason is actually because of our improper way of breathing.

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Shallow vs. Deep Breathing

Most people fall into the category of shallow breathers, since they take short, shallow, chest breaths. Usually caused by inactivity, muscle stiffness, and poor posture, shallow breathing does tremendous damage to our overall health. Since we are not utilizing our entire lung capacity, residual carbon dioxide remains inside causing fatigue, respiratory sluggishness, and diminished tissue function.

On the other hand, deep breathing helps our lungs to function properly by providing our organs with blood rich in oxygen. It also clears airways and helps dispel residue from our lungs making us feel more energized altogether.

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How to do it right?

By now we are well informed about the importance of proper breathing. Here we will deal with the techniques anyone can do at home in order to prevent more serious respiratory failure. Even though our lungs are not muscles, they need to exercise too.

Pranayama deep breath exercises provide great solution for those who need to improve their breathing habits. You get to feel great in the process too since the movements and breaths it involves are known to help to awaken life force energy – Prana. By implementing three Pranayama exercises, you will improve gas exchange and enhance energy levels.

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1. Breath of fire

Sit with your legs crossed and back straight. Your arms are resting on our knees with hands facing up. Breathe energetically through your nose pumping your navel.

2. Kapalabhati

This is a variation of Breath of fire with more focus on the exhale with your arms stretched in the air. Breathe from your abdomen.

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3. Bhastrika

This warrior breath pumping requires you to lift your arms in the air as you inhale, and lower your elbows to touch your ribs as you exhale saying “Hah”. Again, breathe deeply from the abdomen.

If you are interested in seeing these breathing exercises in practice, we suggest you taking a look at this video below:

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Last Updated on April 8, 2020

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
  2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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