These Breathing Exercises Will Help You Relax
Patricia Natalia is an Intuitive Coach, a certified Theta energy healer®, Evidential Medium, and Medical Intuitive, with a background in healing diets from the School of Natural Medicine, and certifications as a Himalayan Kriya yoga, pranayama, and meditation teacher. Patricia values the importance of healing on all levels for impactful transformation and here she’s sharing her tips using breathing exercises to make air travel more relaxing…
As much as we look forward to our travels, whether we are traveling to expand our horizons, or for work, the lead-up to the travel and plane travel itself can bring up its own set of disruptions and anxieties to one’s regular routine and overall wellbeing.
For some, this may be slightly more disruptive than for others, but the best we can do is to ensure we prepare in the best way possible to safeguard our wellbeing so that we reach our destination feeling calm and centered.
Air circulation systems on-flight cause extreme dehydration which reduces moisture levels In the skin and in the air we breathe in. Being at such high altitudes on-flight surrounded by extremely dry air (our bodies are used to humidity), moisture levels are reduced from the eyes, skin, nasal passages, and throat. Therefore ensuring the body is well hydrated before the flight and during the flight with good quality, water reduces the impacts of dehydration.
Herbal teas like peppermint tea and ginger tea support the digestive system by reducing the effects of indigestion and bloating from aircraft travel. Hot herbal teas or decaffeinated hot tea helps with hydration and in relaxing the tummy muscles and the nervous system, whilst keeping the nasal passages open.
Take your own food
Plane food lacks nutritional value and is filled with preservatives. Purchase your own foods before you get onto a flight! That way, you know it’s likely to be fresh and of better quality.
Homeopathic Jet – Lag Relief
Available at most health food stores, homeopathic tablets can be taken a few days before travel, and during travel to help minimise impacts of jet lag, nausea, relieve muscle pain, joint stiffness, drowsiness, and digestive issues from the flight.
Travel can stress the immune system. Carrying Vitamin C sachets (My personal fave is Altrient Vitamin -C) to pop into your water during travel can support the immune system and minimise post-travel colds, fever, sore throats etc.
Connect to your breath
When we get anxious we disconnect from our breath, whether that starts from the airport lounge or on the actual flight itself, our thoughts tend to get the better of us, and we tend to shallow breathe instead of breathing from the tummy. Your breath is always available for you to connect to, and will always support you whenever you feel out of balance.
Breathwork is a powerful way to alter our stress states, as it shifts our brain waves and emotional states. So the times where we feel helpless, or highly anxious, or struggle to find a solution, take a few moments with our breath.
Things will shift within minutes.
Make it a point to consciously connect.
To slow down the racing thoughts during a flight and stabilise the nervous system. As the breath gets slower, and deeper down into the tummy, you will begin to feel calmer. Breathwork gets you out of your head and back into your heart.
There are many breath variations, but a simple technique you could use is 3-9-6.
Give it a go, if you are a beginner, you may feel that your mental chatter goes into a panic when you have to hold your breath for 9 counts, but stay with it, there is a lot of power with inner breath retention. It is training the brain in new pathways.
Through holding the breath in, we benefit the blood cells, the blood and oxygen flow, and brain health. By slowly exhaling, we bring the body into a deeper state of relaxation.
Keeping the mouth closed, inhale through the nose for 3 counts, hold the breath at the top for 9 counts and exhale out the nose for 6 counts. Although the mouth is kept closed, we constrict the throat at the back slightly (for Yogis this is known as the Ujjayi breath), which sounds like a gentle ocean sound as we breathe out.