You breathe an average of 20,000 times per day. Over time our breathing patterns have shifted as a reaction to environmental stressors, like temperature, pollution, noise, and other causes of anxiety.

When we breathe in a shallow way, the body remains in a cyclical state of stress.

This sets off the sympathetic nervous system, the branch of the autonomic nervous system that primes us for activity and response.

“Shallow breathing doesn’t just make stress a response, it makes stress a habit our bodies, and therefore, our minds, are locked into

Bad breathing habits can literally make you sick. You can deny your body of the oxygen it needs and leave you vulnerable to illness and stress.

Bad breathing pattern also creates tension in other parts of the body and can lead to a lot of everyday problems. When we breathe with our chests, we use the muscles in our shoulders, necks, and chests to expand our lungs, which can result in neck pain, headaches, and an increased risk of injury. Our shoulders slump forward and our posture changes as well.