Why Bother Breathing? Amber Trueblood LMFT

Why Bother Breathing


No seriously, I mean it. Close your eyes for a moment and take a breath. (It’s ok, nobody is looking at you.) Take a slow deep breath, then let out all the air you can. All of it… until you can feel all your stomach muscles contracting.

If you dare, do it twice more. Then, breathe normally.

(Ok, now close your eyes and actually do it.)


Why Bother Breathing

Breathing is not only good because it keeps you alive. I mean, that’s great too. But it also does ALL of this…

  1. Improves your mental clarity and focus
  2. Enhances your metabolism and digestive processes (Sounds too good to be true, right?)
  3. Increases your energy levels
  4. Improves your memory, processing speed, and mental agility
  5. Improves your mood (I know you probably don’t need this, but just in case.)
  6. Reduces your impulsivity, cravings, and addictions
  7. Enhances your immune function


Breathing deeply oxygenates your blood cells

Breathing deeply balances oxygen and carbon dioxide in your blood

Breathing deeply removes carbon dioxide and toxins from body tissue

Breathing deeply improves blood circulation

Breathing deeply increases melatonin levels

Breathing deeply reduces your heart rate

Breathing deeply reduces your blood pressure

Breathing deeply decreases your cortisol levels

Breathing deeply reduces the activation of pain centers in the brain

Breathing deeply releases endorphins

Breathing deeply releases muscle tension

Breathing deeply reduces biomarkers for inflammation


Be Truly You,