Stress is a way of life for many people. Endless to-do lists and deadlines. Racing to get kids to school. Squeezing in time with your partner. Walking the dog. The dreaded laundry. Is surviving on a few hours of sleep and Starbucks by the gallon becoming a way of life for you? There’s got to be a better way. Imagine how nice it would be to have the space to simply breathe...
When you’re stressed out, you hold on tighter to keep things under control. That increases tension.
Instead, just breathe. Welcome peace and inner wisdom into your heart.
When I’m stressed out, I can forget to breathe. Amazingly, it’s possible to do this. When I was concentrating, my kids used to ask me why I was holding my breath. I had no idea I did that!
I’ve learned to pay attention to my body and breath when I’m under stress. When I do this, I can consciously choose to slow down and breathe. For the record, not breathing is exhausting! I immediately focus on my breath, and bring plenty of oxygen back to my brain. It’s energizing and freeing.
Notice your breathing. Take a few minutes and focus on being present and aware. When you get present in the moment, you can choose your response to the demands around you. That helps you to change from being reactive to proactive.
When you’re present and choosing your response, you’ll begin to see new options and ways to let go. You don’t have to jump through hoops for everyone. When you choose to step back and take care of your own needs and sanity, it’s easier to breathe.
When you are feeling overwhelmed, take a 3 slow, deep breaths. Imagine being in a peaceful place, like on a beach watching the endless ocean. Breathe in fresh air and peace. Breathe out love. When you feel your mind wandering and worrying (that’s normal), let those thoughts go by focusing on the sound of your breath.
Breathing is a bit of an art. Notice how you breathe when you’re under pressure - shallow, short breaths that don’t bring in enough oxygen. Your muscles tighten up, and you feel tense. Next time you’re feeling stressed out, notice your breathing. Stop and take nourishing slow, deep belly breaths. Whether you’re at your desk, stuck in traffic, or juggling too many taks, take time to consciously breathe.
Before falling asleep and when you’re relaxed, your breath will be slow and easy.
The more you practice breathwork, the freer you’ll feel. Remember, when life gets busy, breathe, just breathe!
Denise Fountain is a Life Transitions Specialist and Certified Professional Coach. She works with women going through transitions to rediscover themselves and create lives that are happy, healthy and whole again. Together with her clients, she explores the connection between stress, health and happiness, and guides her clients to move forward to make lasting and sustainable changes.
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