Author Juha Itkonen: “Diaphragm breathing makes it easier in stressful situations”

Juha Itkonen learned the benefits of diaphragmatic breathing when he attended singing lessons for a short time.

– It helps in stressful situations, both when performing and in family life. I breathe in and out slowly so that the diaphragm moves too – as if I were singing, but I try to do it without making a sound, she says.

Music has always been an important part of Juha Itkonen’s life.

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– When I was young, I studied piano at a music school and later I played guitar and bass in band activities. At the moment, I play music mostly at home. I understand music better than visual art, for example.

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Exercise like meditation

Physical exertion also helps the author in the pursuit of peace of mind. He strives to sweat three to five times a week. In addition to strength training, he runs, among other things.

– As a child and young man in competitive sports, athletics and orienteering, and I have never been in poor shape. However, strength training has been lacking, which at the age of 16 was supposed to get muscles. Lifting weights has been good for shoulder and back ailments, and mobility has improved a lot. Focusing on a technically difficult species is also meditative.

A couple of years ago, Itkonen’s knee went awry and running became a break of nine months in total.

– It was my first disability that limited exercise. I would have liked better instructions for foot rehabilitation after endoscopy. It was a surprise how quickly I lost meat. Several centimeters of the circumference of the calf and thigh were cut.

Lozenges help you think

In his writing work, Itkonen also uses a way that improves concentration, which he thinks is a bit embarrassing.

– I have an infantile way of sucking on something as I write. My suction reflex is a bit like sucking a pacifier, it becomes safer and easier to think about. That’s why I’m even a little addicted to lozenges when I start writing. My trouble is not a good solution. Sugar lozenges destroy teeth, sugar-free stomachs.

Read more about Juha Itkonen’s health recognitions in issue 5/2022 of the Good Health magazine!

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