Conscious breathing has a direct impact on emotional control. In Psychology Today (2013/04), Dr. Emma Seppälä notes that breathing is a powerful tool for calming the mind.
“We have an intuitive understanding that the breath can regulate our mind and emotions. Most of us have either told others or been told ourselves to ‘take a deep breath’ when things got challenging. One of the reasons why breathing can change how we feel is that emotions and breathing are closely connected.”
A research study by Pierre Phillipot revealed that different emotional states are characterized by distinct respiration patterns.
However, because breathing happens automatically, many of us don’t give it as much attention as it deserves, nor have we learned to harness its full potential in calming our minds.
A breathing picture acts as a mentor that reminds you to breathe consciously in a calming pattern.