Health & Fitness

iconsBreathing Deeply is Better for Your Body
We all start out breathing correctly, as infants: deeply, fully, and with our bellies.  But as we grow up we tamp down, hold it in, and take shallower breaths from our chests.  Shallow breathing is not effective in helping our bodies take in oxygen.  Low blood oxygen can contribute to health problems like anxiety, high blood pressure, heart disease, migraines, stomach problems, back problems and even some forms of cancer.  Shallow chest breathing also does little to mitigate chronic stress, which has been directly linked to any number of illnesses, including clinical depression.

When you breathe correctly, using Conscious Mindful (CM) Breathing (in through the nose, out through the nose, focusing on allowing your belly to expand out on the inhale and inward on the exhale),  you take in more oxygen, reduce stress and promote better overall health.  Most chronic health problems can be alleviated using conscious CM Breathing.

The challenge?  Remembering to fight a lifetime of bad reflexes. Fortunately, there’s an answer.  The Dolly Lammy, with “Just Breathe” on its arm, can help you remember to breathe deeply, correctly into your belly, and get you on the road to better health.

Stomp out Stress with Deep CM Breathing
Stress is everywhere, and it ranges from a minor annoyance to a chronic problem.  Chronic stress can lead to serious medical issues, including cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure, higher blood sugar and a weaker immune system.

What’s the quickest, easiest way to help stomp out stress in the moment?  Taking a deep, focused breath  into your belly.  This allows your diaphragm to easily pump more air into your lungs.  But it’s hard to remember to breathe this way, because most of us breathe more shallowly, using the chest, assuming we can remember to focus on our breathing at all.  Fortunately, The Dolly Lammy is here to help you to remember to breathe right, right when you need it.

dolly lammy_icons-01Stopping Stress During Pregnancy

For many women nothing is more important than birthing a healthy and happy child.  A low stress lifestyle during pregnancy is key to having the healthiest baby possible.

However, there is no way to completely avoid stress.  Simply being pregnant brings about a wide range of emotions from unbridled excitement to feelings of being completely overwhelmed – and everything in between.  These emotional swings tax the body.  Add in the day to day stresses of work, sitting in traffic, family responsibilities, and there is no way to avoid stress.

Effective Conscious Mindful (CM) Breathing can help.  It serves as a valuable relaxation tool as you progress through your pregnancy.  Slow rhythmic CM breathing helps the diaphragm to regulate the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide.  It slows the heart rate, eases anxiety, and makes sure your bloodstream carries the ideal amount of nutrients throughout your body – and that of your baby’s.

CM breathing can be done at any time.  No yoga mat, quiet room or therapist office needed.  All you need to do is consciously focus. The challenge is remembering.

Breathing affects your respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, muscular, and psychic systems and also has a general effect on your sleep, your memory, your energy level, and your concentration. Everything you do, the pace you keep, the feelings you have and the choices you make are influenced by the rhythmic metronome of your breath.

from The Breathing Book, Donna Farhi, Introduction xiv

The Dolly Lammy was created to serve as a visual cue to remember Conscious Mindful Breathing.