Breathing and Optimising Occupational Performance
I recently came across these post-event notes for attendees of a keynote talk I gave last year so I thought I’d share them here.
“Thank your for inviting me to talk on Optimising Occupational Performance at your conference. I hope it gave you the opportunity to consider your own occupational performance and to think about any barriers or potential barriers that may stand in the way of you reaching and sustaining optimum success. For more efficient, effective ways of working and how to achieve them, here are some top-level notes around Breathing.
Breathing Empirical studies have revealed that diaphragmatic breathing or deep breathing may trigger body relaxation responses and benefit both physical and mental health. In a recent study, published by the US National Library of Medicine, it was shown that diaphragmatic breathing could improve sustained attention, affect, and cortisol levels.
Diaphragmatic breathing involves contraction of the diaphragm, expansion of the belly, and deepening of inhalation and exhalation, which consequently decreases the respiration frequency and maximises the amount of blood gases.”
I’ll be covering more about diaphragmatic breathing in future blogs and articles.