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Don’t Forget to Breathe

By Julie Fink
Posted On Mar 24, 2016
Don’t Forget to Breathe

“For breath is life, and if you breathe well, you will live long on Earth.”
~Sanskrit Proverb

It’s well into the year and we are neck deep into our schedules. Daily life may become progressively full and often overwhelming at times between work and “take over the world” lists. Between household chores, cooking meals, errands, and boyfriends, where is there time? Before you know it, stress begins to build and even set in, knocking you off your peaceful chair.

Don’t wait until fight or flight kicks in. Minding your breath throughout the day is one very useful way to bring us back into balance. Controlled breathing not only keeps the mind and body functioning at their best, it can also lower blood pressure, promote feelings of calm and relaxation and help us de-stress. It brings us back to center and allows us to stay comfortably placed on our peaceful chair.

Honestly, the hardest part is remembering to be aware of your breathing (or lack thereof)…

The next time you find your thoughts/emotions/tasks/to-do’s piling up and overwhelm rears it’s ugly head, treat it as a loving message from your body instead of a weakness. From the confines of a bed, a desk, or any place where negativity finds its way, consider these breathing tips to help keep calm and carry on:

  • Consider using the breath as a means of increasing awareness.
  • Take a few deep breaths from your belly (instead of your lungs).Remember, we did it as babies, but somehow along the way forgot the use of our tummies in aiding our soothing breath.
  • Smell the roses (in through the nose), blow out the candles (out through the mouth); this will calm the nervous system quickly and is often a technique used in panic attacks.
  • Visualization and Breath: Breathe in the light and blow out the negativity into a dark cloud that dissipates above your head until the sun shines through. Do this until you the overwhelming feelings are gone (it usually takes 5-10 breaths).

While stress, frustration, and other daily setbacks will always be there, the good news is, so will our breath!

Happy Breathing!

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