There are so many ways to relieve stress. In my last post I talked about laughter or taking a walk. Both are activities you can do in 10 minutes or less. Today I want to give you an exercise that can take you one minute or less. Yes you read it correctly, you can do this in one minute and feel a difference. It is simply concentrating on your breathing. When you focus on your breathing you are focused on the present moment and whatever was upsetting you moves into the past. You relax and the breathing changes your body chemistry thus reducing the presence of your stress hormones and invoking the relaxation response. Try it! Take 10 Deep Breaths!
If meditating is not your thing, consider deep breathing. When you take a deep breath is starts to calm and relax you, decreasing your stress hormone levels and reducing anxiety. Here is all you have to do.
Get comfortable in your seat. Make sure your feet are connected to the floor – this is grounding. Take a deep breath in through your nose and let it out through your mouth. Once you have completed the cycle count to one in your mind. Take another deep breath in through your nose and out through your mouth.
If you are in a quiet or secluded place when you exhale, release your breath with a loud sigh. It helps to release all that stuck energy. Once you have completed the next cycle of breath, count to two in your mind and continue breathing in and out until you get to 10 breaths. I know this may seem simple, but if you are really upset your mind will start focusing on the situation that you just removed yourself from and you will forget how many breaths you took.
If you forget where you were start over at one. This helps to focus your mind on your breathing and not on the situation that stressed you out in the first place.
Now that you have gotten to 10 how do you feel? Different? Better?
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Dr. Daemon Jones