By Remez Sasson
Do you hold your breath while concentrating intently on something? Many do so, as if holding the breath helps to concentrate. This of course is done unconsciously, but it causes physical and mental strain, which is absolutely not healthy and disturbs the concentration. You have to be aware of this tendency of holding your breath, and when it happens, relax your body and start breathing normally. After all, how long can you hold your breath? After a little while you will feel strained and exhausted and will have to breathe in.
One of the website visitors asked the following question:
“Whenever I want to concentrate, I have to hold my breath. Otherwise I can’t concentrate properly. The problem is I want concentrate more than a minute. Can you help me?”
It is not healthy to hold your breath while concentrating, as this causes unnecessary strain, and actually disturbs your concentration. The act of concentrating is mental, not physical, so there no need to hold the breath, nor tense the body as many do.
You need to sit comfortably, relax your body and take a few deep breaths before starting to concentrate. Breathe normally, even if you find it difficult to concentrate in this way. It is an unhealthy habit you need to learn to change. You might feel unable to focus your mind if you don’t hold your breath, but it is better to undo this habit. If you keep holding your breath, you will not go far with concentration, and you might even stop developing this ability, due to the physical and mental discomfort it might cause you.
It is better to go slowly and undo negative habits, which can hold you back.
Practice and persistence will in time make concentration easier, and you will be able to focus your mind for longer periods.
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