How can you save the planet through breathing exercises and Bloom: Breathing Exercises?
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has been one of the most challenging periods of time for man in the twenty-first century. Countries and populations around the world are faced with devastating economic losses, as well as being inflicted with the rise of mental health issues and substance abuse. However, there was one positive aspect of the pandemic: as global economies come to a halt, humans have been reducing some of their negative impact on the natural world.
How can we play our part in saving the environment while also taking care of our mental health issues?
This was the idea behind the Bloom app. Using breathing techniques like diaphragmatic breathing and pursed lips breathing, Bloom allows users to plant a tree by accumulating in-game points called ‘oxygen’. By committing to Bloom and learning the pranayama techniques in the app, you can plant a tree for free.
How does Bloom allow you to plant free trees? With our partners onetreeplanted.org, you can now plant free trees online, from the comfort of your home – or anywhere you feel comfortable. Modern science backs the claim for tree planting to help save earth and save our planet. As trees grow, they help stop climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the air, storing carbon in the trees and soil, and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere. Trees provide many benefits to us, every day.
And so do breathing exercises. A few deep breaths a day could significantly improve a number of aspects in your life. And no, this is not an exaggeration! Overall, a few deep breaths a day can help decrease stress, relax your mind and body, and make you sleep better. How?
How do Breathing techniques like deep breathing work?
Firstly, deep breathing helps your body release endorphins, which are a natural painkiller that the body creates itself. Endorphins are the feel good hormone.
Secondly, deep breathing improves blood flow and immunity. By moving the diaphragm, you move and remove toxins from your body which promotes better blood circulation. It increases the amount of fresh oxygen in your blood and exhales toxins and carbon dioxide. Oxygenated blood ensures better function for your vital organs, and a cleaner supply of blood helps fight infections by viruses and bacteria. It also helps your body better absorb vitamins and nutrients in this way.
Thirdly, deep breathing helps with calming down anxiety and helping you fall asleep faster and sleep better by lowering your heart rate and signalling the brain to calm down. It lowers cortisol levels and increases endorphins to your system. That’s why many experts and doctors recommend breathing exercises to fight anxiety and improve sleep.
Fourth, deep breathing helps with energy levels and posture. With more oxygen into our blood, we feel stronger and more energetic. And when we practice deep breathing, our body automatically straightens and aligns itself. Try it now: fill in your lungs with air and feel how your spine is automatically straightened by this process!
Fifth, breathing is said to reduce inflammation and improve digestion. It is believed that deep breathing reduces acidity in the body, hence reducing inflammation. Better blood flow encourages intestinal movements and soothes the nervous system, which provides optimal conditions for healthy digestion.