Christmas is coming. Keep calm and breathe (through your nose!)

Breather easier this Christmas!

Noses are great for lots of reasons, but did you know they can help you relax? Strictly speaking, it’s how you use your nose that can help induce a sense of calm and tranquillity, but it’s a great tip especially in the lead up to the Christmas Season.

Studies have shown that, among other things, breathing through your nose can help alleviate stress and relax muscle tension. Practising nose breathing can help deepen your breathing which brings other benefits too.

Increased energy levels

Increased lung capacity helps to improve energy levels but may also increase the quality of your general health and wellbeing.

Keeping calm

And if you’re into meditation, you may be familiar of some of the Dalai Lama’s mantras like “As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.” A good mantra to have as you stand in queues waiting for Santa with unruly kids! Or perhaps during a particularly stressful Christmas lunch with the extended family.

Immune boosting benefits

By breathing through your nose you also boost your nitric oxide levels. Nitric oxide is an immune boosting molecule, produced in your sinuses but only when – you guessed it – you breathe through your nose! Its discovery created quite a sensation. In 1992 it was celebrated as “Molecule of the Year” by the journal Science.

Interestingly, the chemical formula for nitric oxide is NO which is a good way to remind yourself to practise nose breathing – that’s NO to more stress, NO to more tension, NO reason why you shouldn’t consciously choose nasal breathing.

This mini Chemistry lesson and tips were brought to you by Flo – helping you breathe easier over the Silly Season!

Sources:

Online Library Wiley – Nitric Oxide and the Paranasal Sinuses

Livestrong – Breathing exercises increase lung capacity

Circulation – Nobel Prize Awarded to Scientists for Nitric Oxide Discoveries