Practicing the art of slower breathing

by Dr John Tickell

The physiological and psychological benefits of breathing slower is important to building a healthier immune system.

How often do we breathe? 

The average is 15–20 times each minute—a breath every 3–4 seconds.  

The art of relaxation can begin with a practised art of slower breathing, consciously using your diaphragm muscle (the muscle at the base of your lungs). Make the following a daily habit:

  • Sit up straight with your shoulders back and deliberately take a deep, slow breath making sure the air gets right down and completely fills your expanding lungs.
  • Hold for a couple of seconds then breathe out slowly.   

When you do this three times in a row, you can feel your body and mind switching to OFF—your blood pressure eases and your pulse slows down.  

The physiological and psychological benefits are yours. Aim to do this three times each hour.

Your Best Immunity
Dr John Tickell 

In Your Best Immunity bestselling author Dr John Tickell explores the immune system, why it’s so important and how to build resilience using his ACE Way: Activity, Coping, and Eating.