Just Breathe

On vacation, at work, on the subway – wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, when you become conscious of your breathing, life takes a turn for the better.

Whatever your summer holiday plans may be — an exotic destination, a dock with a comfortable chair and a good book, or just a short ‘staycation’ with all the comforts of home – here’s an idea that will turn your summer break into a life-changing experience.

Just breathe!

The average person breathes in and out around 20,000 times every day, but it usually happens so easily and so naturally, that we hardly notice it. Until it doesn’t happen easily or naturally and then we notice little else.

That’s why The Lung Association is urging everyone to set aside some time during your summer break to simply slow everything down, think about breathing, appreciate your breath, recognize its power and what it does for you.

“Breathing is what fuels us, and what gives us life,” says George Habib, president and CEO of the Ontario Lung Association. “Wherever we are, whatever we’re doing, taking a breathing break not only improves our breathing, it also enhances our productivity, our mental health and our overall wellness.”

“The Lung Association is not only dedicated to helping the one in five Canadians who live with lung disease, we want to make Canada a better place to breathe for everyone by making every Canadian aware of the importance of breathing,” says George Habib.

“Everywhere we go, we see evidence that people are becoming more conscious of how they live and how their lives impact the environment. We are more focused on what we eat, how we exercise and the need to recharge our bodies and minds to cope with the stresses of daily life.

“And it all starts with getting back in touch with the life-giving act of breathing.”

If you have questions about breathing or other lung health issues such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), quitting smoking or air quality, call the Lung Association Lung Health Information Line at 1-888-344-LUNG (5864), email info@on.lung.ca or go to www.on.lung.ca