Bipolar disorder is seen as rampantly growing in today’s society. There is an occurrence of a chemical or structural phenomenon in the brain, which may be either (or both!) genetic or environmental in origin in the patient. This disorder causes mood swings which can be very difficult to handle by the affected person and others associated with him or her. This disorder causes one to experience mania and depression, both at very short intervals.
Treatment for bipolar disorder aims to maintain a normal mood by keeping it balanced and minimizing the mood fluctuations. The effective technique of Nitaai Breathing exercise helps in balancing the mind, relaxing and reducing stress.
Nitaai Breathing is a form of deep corrective breathing which consists of deeply inhaling and resonating the sound “Nitaai” very slowly whilst exhalation. While doing this, “Ni” is short, “taa” is long and “i” is short again. This has to be done for about 10 minutes a day initially, and gradually increased. There is no restrictions on where and in which posture one should do this in.
In order to bring your body and mind at a state of rest, take deep inhalations and audibly resonate “NITAAI”. This technique can provide a powerful sense of self that can help people with bipolar disorder, especially if they have been ill for a long time.
Bipolar disorder can become even more aggravated by stress. Relaxation techniques such as Nitaai Breathing reduces the stress experienced from the ups and downs of bipolar disorder. It should be particularly practiced once a manic aggravation has resolved.
This form of deep corrective breathing exercise requires one to “pay attention” to one’s breath and to get aware of one’s thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental way. It helps to develop an awareness of distressing thoughts and feelings, which allows one to disengage from those thoughts rather than try to change or fix them.
Studies show that antidepressants help people for short term which apparently has its side effects, and Nitaai Breathing helps in promoting a more balanced mood over a longer period of time.
How does Nitaai Breathing helps Bipolar?
It helps in focusing on a pleasurable moment, and then trying to recreate the same pleasant feeling in the mind, without the stimuli being present. It can also help you disengage from stressful or anxious thoughts, and get a better control over your mood. Eventually, internal skills are developed. As the patient observes his or her emotional state, he or she develops the skill of choosing emotions; specifically, to move to the emotion or state of being calm, peaceful and happy. Every time depression, confusion, anxiety or anger appear, they are noticed, named, and released from the mind.
Dr. Candida Fink wrote about the influence that mindfulness meditation has on one’s awareness, attention as well as on reducing stress and depression. He is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in mood disorders and co-author of The Ups and Downs of Raising a Bipolar Child. He mentions that mindfulness develops a strong neuro-circuitry in the brain which is responsible for emotional balance; which in turn increases their feelings of compassion. The tendency to lash out at people eventually ceases.