Does your breathing change throughout the day?
Perhaps it does if you were suddenly surprised, or anxiously waiting for an answer to your hopes or concerns. Most of us have not considered what our normal breathing pattern is until something jolts us with sensations of rapid breathing.
To determine if you are using diaphragmatic breathing or upper clavicular breathing (mainly in your neck and shoulder area), simply stand in front of a mirror and take a deep breath. If your shoulders rise, then you are not breathing with the diaphragm.
Face your mirror again:
If your stomach hand moves and your shoulders do not rise, then you are breathing with the diaphragm!
Your diaphragm allows you to take in more breath whenever necessary whereas your clavicular breathing area is shallow, limited to your space between your shoulder and collar bone area. Anxious quick breaths in the upper chest area can spiral out of control leading to severe emotional panic attacks
There are advantages if your everyday breathing method is using your diaphragm!
Although clavicular breathing is often used to catch a quick breath; your diaphragmatic breathing method has flexible multi-tasking of your overall deep breathing to help you:
Achieve deep breathing success by using your diaphragmatic breathing daily:
The way you breathe could be life changing!
If you are interested in more deep breathing exercises, please take a look in my published book: “Breathe...Just Steps to Breathtaking Speeches.” I’m here to help you achieve your best breathing method.
Brenda C. Smith