I’m a big believer in just breathing. Of course we all breathe but we don’t always control it and use it well.
Stress, feeling overwhelmed, headaches, tiredness, being unable to focus, not sleeping well, digestion issues and low mood can be something we all experience and something we carry on living with because we are busy, juggling and rushing.
Sometimes we need to slow down, these are all signs that maybe we need to listen and give ourselves a break. And sometimes we just need to stop and breathe because we need to get rid of stress, we need to be calm and we need to take a bit of control when we feel so overwhelmed.
And it’s pretty simple to do because you know how to breathe – you just need to truly focus on it!
Keep it simple…
- you can sit or stand
- put your hands on your stomach and breathe in as deeply and as comfortably as possible.
- and then have a long, gentle outbreath – imagine you are breathing out a long stream of bubbles
- as you breathe out, relax your body – let go 0f any tension in your face, in your jaw, in your shoulders. Uncurl your fingers and allow your legs and feet to be still, with no fidgety movements
- do this for several minutes, until you feel calmer and more relaxed
Focusing on your breathing can be something you do in reaction to stress or headaches or feeling anxious but you can also build it into your day – start and end your day by focusing on your breathing for a few minutes.
Don’t complicate it – just slow your breathing and relax your muscles.