Our world can sometimes feel like a carnival ride gone wildly out of control. We are hit without warning by chaotic stressors and last-minute emergencies. Often there is no way to put the situation on “pause” to go for a relaxing hour-long yoga session or meditation getaway to regain one’s center. What does one do to find a semblance of a center. The solution is Using Breath as a Stress Relief Tool!
The solution is to use your breath.
One of the few things we carry with us at all times, and that we can become attentively attuned to, is our own breath. No matter what we are wearing, no matter where in the world we are or what time of day it is, we have our breath. In. Out. It is our energy and strength continually renewing us.
When you are overwhelmed by stress, pause for just a few seconds. Breathe in, long and deep. Feel the sensation of the air drawing in past your nostrils, bringing in fresh oxygen to your red blood cells. That oxygen will circulate to every cell in your entire body, nourishing it.
Then breathe out, for as long if not longer than the inhale. You are releasing the excess carbon dioxide. What your body no longer needs, the plants around you crave for sustenance. You are providing all plant life with what they desire to grow and be strong.
Breathe in. Feel that tickle in your nose. Sense the oxygen infusing your blood. It is giving you strength.
Breathe out. Release your carbon dioxide to the world. To all living things which rely on it. Share your bounty with them.
Study after study finds that deep breathing impacts the brain’s functioning. If a person breathes in a slow, deep manner, it induces the brain to be calm and focused. To release stress and to handle a situation with more attention. It seems such a simple thing, but the human body evolved with “fight or flight” to outrun saber-toothed tigers.Just as we have a built-in response to rev us up, we also have a built-in response to settle us back down. Deep, slow breathing is that solution.
Attention to breath is completely free. It can be done anywhere at any time. It takes only a few seconds. If you can but pause, to ponder your response, you can focus on your breath during that time period. You can breathe in deeply. Release your breath slowly. And suddenly everything is a bit calmer. Everything makes a bit more sense.
Remembering that our breath is the ultimate connection to living and without it we would not survive. It is our breath that is the ultimate mindfulness tool…one that can help us relax, de-stress, find clarity and find our focus. Our breathe is a relaxation tool that can be accessed anywhere, anytime so go ahead and take a mindfulness break today!