JUST BREATHE NOW!
Just Breathe now! Breathe, STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING!! Stop reading this blog, take 5 nice long deep breaths right now!! Just breathing can lead to relaxation, lower stress and more!
Without this function of breathing in oxygen and expelling carbon dioxide, our body cannot live. At best, we can survive four minutes without taking in oxygen and for most of us, it is likely less. Breathing is essential to life.
I talk about this today because of something I realised. Despite being 57-years-young, having been a nurse and a fitness instructor and having mental health issues for about 25 years, I am really just now learning what a fabulous miracle breathing is. Not only is it amazing that our autonomic nervous system (the part of our nervous system that regulates automatic bodily functions) does this job for us on the regular, it is truly amazing what happens when we CONSCIOUSLY TAKE OVER THIS FUNCTION.
HOW BREATHING HELPED TODAY
Just as I was contemplating writing about a focused stretching routine today, there was a knock on the door. When I opened our wooden door, there was a gentleman whom I had met only once outside my house as I was talking with someone who stopped to drop something off. He was pleasant enough and a little unkempt. Really he presented no threat when I met him the first time or this time. However, my body went into anxiety mode as I talked to him and I was having a tough time calming myself after I shut the door.
My brain went into overdrive. I was breathing too quickly, my heart was pounding. My thoughts started to race. This simple knock on the door from a gentleman asking me to pass on a message of friendship sent me into panic!
Luckily, calm Lynne spoke to panicked Lynne. Sit down and breathe she said. Sit, take some nice deep breaths. Get rid of the panic, slow things down. Sitting down, I CONSCIOUSLY stopped the pattern of breathing too quickly, which in turn slowed down my heart rate. I focused on the breath, inhaling holding and exhaling slowly. It took a few moments of really focusing on my breath to make me feel like I had control again. I sat and continued controlled breathing for several more cycles. PHEW said panicked Lynne. Thank goodness I can breathe!!!
My somatic nervous system (associated with voluntary control of the body) was able to overtake my autonomic nervous system. It aided me in calming down. This simple exercise in controlled breathing is taught in many wellness-related communities. Yogi’s, fitness instructors, psychologists, life coaches, nurses and doctors often talk to us about our breath and breathing. It is useful in controlling stress.
REMEMBER THIS … BREATHE NOW!
You have the ability to change the pattern of what your body does for you automatically. You can calm your breathing, slow it down, focus on it and use it as a wellness tool. Just breathe, now!
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