Breathing is something we do without thinking from the time we’re born until the time we die, but breathing can serve a much greater purpose in our lives if we let it.

Learning to control your breathing through breathing exercises can have significant physical impacts. Controlling your breathing helps relieve stress by focusing your mind so that you can better concentrate on what’s most important.  In the same way, it also helps reduce anxiety by slowing down the mind’s processes to help you better focus on the things that are causing the anxiety.

Some studies have even shown that controlling your breathing can increase longevity in the long run. High stress can lead to an early onset of many diseases, and even early death in some people, but through controlled breathing you can relax more, which over time will have a positive impact on your life and overall life expectancy.

Also, breathing slowly and intentionally before bed has been shown to reduce the effects of insomnia. If you learn to slow your breathing before bed, you can fall asleep without even knowing that you’re trying to fall asleep, thus avoiding the sleepless nights of insomnia.

Controlling your breathing takes a lot of focus, so in doing so, you leave yourself little room to focus on anything else, thus pushing all other ailments or worries away from your mind. Along with controlled breathing, one can try also meditation in any of its forms. Meditation relies heavily on controlled breathing, which is why it has many of the same positives as controlled breathing.