Stressful Day? Just Take a Deep Belly Breath
One of the most frustrating things to have to deal with it being stressed out and people telling you to relax. It is as if you should have a switch that you can turn on and off in a moments notice, but that is not how real life works. Especially when you feel like impending doom is around the corner. For example: Imagine you are an insane individual going to school full time while working full time and you have 4 large papers do in about 1 1/2 weeks . Just the though of it is almost like a kick in the face…throw in that some time during this time frame you also have to bake cupcakes for your co workers and then BAM….Stress!
So what do I do? I am human after all, and though I am getting better at attempting to be zen like it is still a work in progress. Well the best and only way to fight an impending anxiety attack is to take deep breaths. Deep breathing is by far one of the easiest ways to reduce stress in your body. Breathing deeply sends signals to your brain telling it that it needs to relax. So it is technically a magic button, but don’t tell anyone.
Find a place to sit of lie down comfortably. Place one of your hands on your belly just under your ribs and place your other hand on your chest. (This is so that you can actually see where you are breathing from) Take a nice deep breath through your nose and make sure that the only hand you see move is the one on your belly. If you are like me you spend your day breathing out of your chest area…this will be a little different. When you breath out do it through your mouth. Repeat this 5-10 more times, or for as long as you feel you need it. Make sure to focus on nothing other than your breathing. If you find that your mind keeps drifting off, try counting how long it takes you to inhale and exhale. You will notice a difference when you are done.
This type of breathing is so simple to do and it can be done anywhere. Stress is a major problem and the answer to reducing stress can be as simple as taking a deep breath. It doesn’t matter what level of fitness you are at…if you are stressed mentally you will not be able to see the results you are looking for. Take a little time out of your day and spend it focusing on yourself. You deserve it. And when those thoughts that everything is going to go wrong (the sky is going to fall, and your nose is going to fall off) just remember to take a moment and just breath.
Posted on April 24, 2014, in A Little Zen and tagged deep breath, Deep breathing, Health, healthy, healthy mind, my zen, positive thinking, reduce your stress, Self-Help, Stress, Stress management, zen. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.