Close Your Mouth - Livin' the Good Life
Mar. 10th, 2011
08:15 am - Close Your Mouth
No, I'm not being rude! This is the name of a book I just finished that is about to change my life. The posture lessons I've diligently been studying and applying are now a part of my everday life and have become delightful habits. My low back and hip pain are gone, and I'm VERY pleased about this. However, I'm NOT happy about the fact that I've had this nagging coughing problem for years now that has been interfering with my everyday life. I've been discounting it and trying to ignore it, but it has finally come up for serious addressing. Hence, this new book. What I have finally had to admit is that my symptoms have a name. I haven't wanted to give them a name. I don't like the name. The name is asthma. I don't want to have asthma, so I am going to get rid of it. And this book tells me exactly how.
The premise of the book is that the cause of asthma (and other chronic respiratory problems like coughing and hayfever) is OVERBREATHING. This is done primarily by mouth-breathing. People who snore are mouth-breathers. The book explains how to retrain yourself to breathe properly, and it takes a huge and sustained effort to make this change. I have to be constantly aware of my breathing. I have to do an hour and a half of breathing exercises a day. I have to wear tape on my mouth at night. I have to stop sniffing, yawning, and sighing. And I have to stop coughing. It talks about ways to control all of these bad habits. Yes, I said habits. I never considered sniffing or yawning or sighing to be habits (and certainly not coughing!) as they seemed involuntary. Now I see the truth of this. The author says it will take at least six months of concerted effort to correct these bad habits. For me, it will probably take a year.
Well, sign me up! I'm ready and, in fact, I've already begun.