Good evening reader!
It’s time again for something to think about while you sit this evening and mentally prepare for the week to come. After the day I personally had, I was reminded about the importance of something. Breathing. I’m not simply talking about the physical importance of it keeping you alive and what not. Rather I’m talking about how important it is to center yourself every now and again throughout the day by taking a few deep breaths.
Deep breathing isn’t something that we all practice. However, there are quite a few benefits of deep breathing that are worth learning and understanding. When I took a KORU meditation class in college, my instructor always reminded us that our breath is our anchor. Our breath is a tool that we ALWAYS have available to us. (Assuming you’re in good health.) It’s a tool that we have to maintain inner peace, to realign our mindset, to give us a second of clarity and relaxation, to calm our fight or flight response, or treat anxiety and stress. (etc.)
In life, we are endlessly wandering and trying to survive. Unfortunately, during that process, we come across little speed bumps. Sometimes we aren’t always fully equipped to get across such a bump, but something as simple as taking a few deep breaths could help us refocus our energy and handle these bumps easier.
Here’s a quick little exercise that can help relax your mind and body and change your mood in 5 to 10 minutes.
To begin, if you’re able to, find a seat somewhere and sit tall. If you’re unable to sit, then just find a space that’s quieter and where you can be away from other people for a minute. (Even going to the bathroom would work if you’re at an event or around other people.)
Close your eyes gently (again, if you can) and begin by breathing regularly through your nose. Inhale. Exhale.
Now begin to count your breaths. Breathe in for 2 full seconds, then breathe out for 4 seconds. The key is to make your exhale longer than your inhale. This helps to slow your heart rate down and sends a signal to your brain that basically turns up your parasympathetic nervous system and turns down your sympathetic nervous system. In simpler terms, this will help you relax.
If you’re finding the 2-4 breathing to be too short, then go ahead and change it to 4-6. Or whatever is comfortable for you. The key is that you’re in control and that your breath is your anchor. Find the best way it works for you.
Repeat this for a few minutes and you’ll find you’re able to handle the situation better, or that your mood will have changed.
I personally needed this reminder as I tend to react fast. Being mindful and taking a deep breath here and there allows me to calm down and think clearer. Perhaps it will for you as well.
If you have a smartphone and find visualization easier, this is a great gif to bookmark and refer to when you need help in the moment. You just watch the gif and breath in sync with it. It’s wonderful.
So dear reader, I hope that your week brings good things and is full of light. At any point in the day, remember you’re able to breathe and realign.
Love, Light, and Peace to you.
Food for thought: How do YOU realign yourself? What are your favorite deep breathing techniques? Have you noticed a difference? Let me know in the comments. ❤