#17 Forms and Focus Discussion on Breathing
Just breathe. Your body demands oxygen to function, especially your brain. Focusing on intentional breathing can dramatically improve your focus.
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0:00 - Intro
1:30 - Problem - We are not intentionally breathing
7:49 - Solution/Habits for better focus.
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SHOW NOTES FOR EPISODE #17
- Oxygen demand organs are the liver (20.4%), the brain (18.4%), and the heart (11.6%).
- NCBI published in March 2017, A growing amount of evidence has demonstrated an association between cognitive impairment, a pathological condition that acts as a barrier to cognition, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease manifestation.
- PLOS ONE, Sep. 2018: A growing body of research proposes that the act of breathing may shape and disturb cognitive function. Breathing exercises in healthy subjects before performing a task can alter the state of the brain and improve subsequent cognitive performance and motor skills
- Respiration modulates neural oscillations in the neocortex. In particular, the phase in the rhythm of nasal respiration modulates memory performance and gamma oscillation activities in the olfactory bulb, hippocampus, prefrontal cortex, and other areas with possible consequences for cognitive function.
- The Breath Effect, Sep 2018: Poor posture leads to shallow breathing. When we take shallow breaths, we over-breathe oxygen and breathe out too much carbon dioxide stressing our body and telling our nervous system to stay on red alert.
- Article found ResearchGate, published in 2010, Research into breathing patterns and emotions has also shown that when you adopt a slumped posture/breathing pattern you experience sadness
- First simple step is to focus on your breathing.
- Start your day taking intentional breaths with a good upright posture.
- Focus on breathing before meetings, focus blocks, and breaks.
- Breath through your nose: 30 to 50 percent of adults breathe through their mouth.
- reduce exposure to foreign substances
- increase air flow to arteries, veins, and nerves
- increase oxygen uptake and circulation
- slow down breathing
- improve lung capacity
- strengthen the diaphragm
- Use guided apps to help you master the skill: Calm, Headspace, Liberate…