It seems Covid, and its mutations are likely to continue. With the recent outbreak of the Omicron variant, we are back to mask up – which means no breathing fresh air when outside. Thus let’s go back to learning some breathing exercises and techniques from Healthline, which may help lower the severity of symptoms affecting your respiratory system. Deep breathing exercises are also beneficial for reducing the impact of stress you may be feeling during such times, which is not new to us.
We know from several studies and reviews that breathing practices affect the parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates and controls our anxiety or stressful situations by calming the body down. In fact, slow breathing and diaphragmatic breathing help the lungs work more efficiently, deal better with the physical and mental effects of stress and increase relaxation.
Inflammation of the lungs is a common symptom that makes breathing difficult, especially for people who have suffered from Covid. The Covid virus affects the entire respiratory tract, obstructing airflow, which can trigger asthmatic attacks, causing acute respiratory distress syndrome. Breathing exercises clear and strengthen lung functions, benefitting people from breathing problems or lung diseases.