As many others do, I have anxiety. Some days are worse than others as I’m sure others with the condition can attest to also. Since joining Spells8 & working my way through the courses & the forum since July of 2020, I’ve learned that your breath has many benefits whether it’s through ’ box breathing’ or meditation or yoga, the list goes on…
There is a link between breathwork & the spirit. It helps you to become present & calm your nervous system along with other benefits such as:
- Relaxes your nervous system
- More calmness (and less anxiety/stress)
- More self-acceptance (and less depression)
- Enhances overall mental health
- Improves immune function (which means you stay healthy for longer)
- Alkalizes your blood and decreases inflammation in the body
- Enhances mental clarity and focus
- More energy and vitality
- Can result in a mystical experience or deep spiritual insights
- Boosts feelings of joy and happiness
- Aids creativity and intuition
- Enhances feelings of connection with others
- Increases mindfulness and appreciation of life
On a side note, some breathwork practices also have mind-altering effects (in other words, they get you high!), which many people find enjoyable.
It took me a very long time to even attempt the box breathing types of techniques. I finally did & they would start to help. When I joined the site & started learning about meditation, I had an offer in an email to sign up for Headspace. So I also went through their exercises for beginners & then anxiety. I found the guided meditations work very well for me, and really help to calm my everything & has lasting effects. Depending on the level of my anxiety, sometimes they don’t last quite as long, but deep breathing or even box breathing really helps to get me back there.
When I go to bed at night I have a type of breathing/meditation that I do to get myself to fall asleep while I’m still unplugging to be able to lay down.
Once I merged my spirituality work with my mental health through a Book of Mirrors, learning about & participating in Shadow Work, my personal connections got better & more meaningful, I have a greater awareness of my gifts of empathy & intuition areas myself & how to protect them.
I encourage you to read the full article. I have used this site in the past for things that have to do with empathy, spirituality, magic, & intent… it’s a great website. I highly recommend reading the entire article. It also mentions incorporating breathwork every day, for healing & when doing inner child work, shadow work types of things & for relieving anxiety & bringing a sense of calm to your own energy.
I also enjoy & can really appreciate the life I have & my family with my own increased self-awareness even surrounding my health & the best decisions to make to be healthier.
Full Article & List Source from LonerWolf: Breathwork: 11 Magical Techniques For Spiritual Healing