I’m going to share with you a trick I learned a long time back to breathe better.
The background – I had such severe allergies in high school that I had to take prescription allergy medication. The medication at the time had a side effect that caused severe drowsiness. I fell asleep in the middle of class several times since the medication was so strong. However, it worked. That was the side effect.
Needless to say, I wasn’t so popular with some teachers. Teachers don’t like it when you fall asleep in their class. They’re generally not too forgiving with excuses, even when you’re telling the truth.
Anyways, I barely finished high school with a GPA around 2. To be honest though, I simply didn’t care. I didn’t really care about education until community college where I got to pick my courses.
I’m a control freak, which is a great thing. For the record, every person who ever made fun of me for being a control freak is a loser in real life. Winners understand the importance of controlling their destinies.
So my first semester of community college, I went from a 2 GPA in high school to a 3.7 or 3.8 in community college. Why? Because I got to pick my courses. I fucking loved college. I was in complete control of everything I learned. If I didn’t like something, I didn’t take it.
Learning how to breathe better
In college, I started reading up on Native Americans. Not just any stories, but the actual battles.
I learned all about the Apache warriors. They were bad ass! They could travel carrying everything they owned and would drive the American armies nuts because of how effective they were at moving.
One trick? They took breathing seriously.
As a group as kids, they’d take water and race up hills with water in their mouths. Then they’d spit it out when they got to the bottom.
That doesn’t sound like a big deal until you actually try it. Take some water. Find a hill, and sprint up the hill as fast as you can with water in your mouth.
You won’t be able to do it the first time no matter what kind of shape you’re in. But keep getting better at it and you’ll learn to breathe through your nose.
My allergies are gone and I almost never get sick
Now, I’m not allergic to shit. I simply don’t have allergies any more. When I started taking this seriously, I got into phenomenal shape.
Running long distance became easy. Lifting weights became easy. And my allergies are gone.
It also helps that I have a near perfect diet and a strong work ethic. But the key to all this? Breathing correctly.
I still have insomnia but that has nothing to do with my breathing. My mind never shuts off. I’m always thinking. I often wake up in the middle of the night with ideas and when the ideas are good, I write a song or start working on a new painting.
It all starts with one thing though. Breathe better, and you’ll have a better life. Everything becomes easier. There’s a reason why the old martial arts practitioners spent so much time on breathing.
About the featured image
I shot this one in Croatia a few weeks back. Speaking of breathing, it was an easy hike for my wife and me. But some of the tourists really struggled getting to these waterfalls. So just another friendly reminder to take your health seriously or you’ll really miss out in life.