We typically don't think about breathing unless we can't catch our breath, and then it's quite frightening.
Research is showing there are tremendous benefits following the practice of deep breathing. Are any of these worth you making this a daily habit?
Deep Breathing may be able to:
Reduce stress and blood pressure
Strengthen abdominal and intestinal muscles
Relieve aches & pains
Promote better blood flow
Help promote better sleep
Release toxins from the body
Promote cheerful disposition
Help restore balance to the mind & body
Reduce anxiety, fear, and depression
Create a sense of calm
Slow down the heart rate
Place your hand on your stomach, and inhale deeply through your nose. As you breathe in, feel your belly rise and expand. Hold your breath for a few seconds before release air slowly through your mouth and contracting your abdominal muscles. It does take practice to develop this technique, but in time it will become natural. Try to do twice a day for 3-5 minutes. Your body will thank you!
This has really helped me get to sleep at night, so I do this regularly.