Switch your phone off and breathe: Two simple strategies to optimise your health with Richard Blake, The Breath Geek

Addiction is really just a tool, it’s a tool for coping, and unfortunately a maladaptive tool, and it becomes out of control. And I think everyone is somewhere on the spectrum of addiction, we are all a little bit compulsive

Richard Blake is a Breath Worker and he demonstrates how you you can use different breathing techniques to relax the body, optimise sleep, build resilience and even heal trauma.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How we can use our breath to be healthier (2:10)
  • About our Sympathetic and Parasympathetic nervous systems (5:00)
  • Richard demonstrates how you can meditate with a breathwork exercise (8:41)
  • Does 5G, Wi-Fi and EMF affect our immune system? (16:13)
  • Tips on better sleep (21:29)
  • The biggest curveball Richard Blake has experienced (21:41)
  • Society’s values regarding success in correlation to depression (22:46)
  • How Richard Blake recovered from depression, anxiety and an eating disorder (23:46)
  • Richard’s advice on how to optimise your health during the lockdown period (27:40)

 

Links & resources mentioned in this episode:

Quotes:

“Breath is life” 

“You can live without food for a few hours but we can’t live without breath for very long”

“Make sure your sleep environment is free from a lot of these things. Because that’s when we’re going into a repair and if your body can’t repair properly and they can’t take on more stress the next day. So yeah, sleep is key.”

“Success does not equate to happiness”

“In the UK and in the U.S. we think that happiness is the most important thing for like that’s what our Philosophy should be about whereas in Russia they laugh about because they believe the meaning should be the pursuit of life and happiness is something that just comes and goes. and apparently there’s a big correlation between depression and anxiety all sorts of mental health disorders with how much you believe that success and achievement are the most important thing in life.” 

“Addiction is really just a tool, it’s a tool for coping, and unfortunately a maladaptive tool, and it becomes out of control. And I think everyone is somewhere on the spectrum of addiction, we are all a little bit compulsive.” 

Take 5 minutes and try Richard Blake’s breathing meditation by clicking play on the video below.

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