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Money breathes, do you?

By cMasta | pmcmasta | 13 Sep 2020

Chances are, if you're an investor, there are waves of stress in your life not all that dissimilar to the ebb and flow of the BTC:USD ratio, though perhaps anticorrelated. Really... As a novice, my dinky little $10 Robinhood investments elicited some really dirty language if the price decreased by a few cents after I bought in. Imagine enduring that continuously as a day trader, and I see how it could take a toll. 

Stress tolerance is also probably linked to having nice things, I think, as opposed to electronic devices that look like this:


... Not that material possessions are overwhelmingly important though, of course. This baby is nearly two years old and has survived at least one very bad temper tantrum, in addition to uncountable falls. Then again, that's why I got the polycarbonate case (pro tip, yo).


Anyway, as sacks of cells that evolved in very hostile environments, we tend to be good at adapting to different stress loads over time when we allow ourselves to. Since the early days and naive dreams of earning a salary from a few hundred dollars in the stock market, I've taught myself to see the long-term trends rather than the microclimates. In the spirit of this, I think it's best to walk away after a buy and not come back to it until later. Markets are driven by thousands of decisions every second, each one imbuing them with a corpuscle of energy. Taken in together, we can watch the human ego fill and empty their lungs, then, just like that, give them their life.

The point is that if you know how to manage the inevitable stressors in your life more effectively, everything else around you will be significantly more content. One of the best, yet oft overlooked, ways of beating stress is to keep your vessel in an optimal state. Perhaps even more important than getting enough sleep is breathing right.

Yeah, I know. You already know how to breathe. It's an autonomic function. You don't even think about it. Besides, you're on here so you're obviously hashtagwoke. But seriously. There are five breathing tips below that you get without even watching a 30 minute video just to be told that you have to pay for them.

You're welcome.


1. Breathe in through your nose

2. Breathe out through your mouth, if comfortable

3. Fill your lungs on the inhale

4. Hold for as long as it's comfortable



Number five is surprisingly important. You might be surprised how much gas fits in your lungs. And how much crap you can expel just by blowing it out. Since a lot of that crap is heavy compared to molecules like N2 and CO2, it is sitting at the bottom of your lungs and requires you to actively push it out with your diaphragm. If it stays there long enough, it gets absorbed by your tissues or your blood and then, depending on what it is, could potentially become a problem. If you empty your lungs often, you will be doing the white cells that are eventually tasked with engulfing the crap and carrying it out a huge favor.

Using your nose to breathe is nice because you've got little hairs in there that help catch particulates and turn them into boogers. You'll want to exhale through your mouth when possible so that the crap you blow out doesn't take up booger real estate.

The hold between the inhale and exhale is important because it gives the gasses a chance to adequately exchange in your alveoli, decarbonating your blood and then reoxygenating it.

You may have to start by setting aside a minute or two (or more) a day to practice these breathing exercises, but eventually you can train yourself to practice autonomically like your regular breathing. It helps to count while you inhale, hold, and exhale, especially if you are just learning. You can start with five counts each, but eventually you'll be able to do more.

Giving some attention to your breath can add years onto your life, and coupled with healthy anger attenuation practices, will also help you to be more content with the things around you. Not that a little discontent isn't healthy motivation to make some changes, too, but we do often need to be reminded that our most valuable asset is not in a bank or a hard disk or a wallet -- it's flowing within our selves.

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Science enthusiast, semi-smart person, amateur musician, human father, plant father, hoping my crypto bags get me rich.


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