Breathing Is A Wonderful Stress Management Tool – Here's a Simple Practice for You
Bring attention to your breath as you breathe.
For three breaths, let everything else go right and focus on your breath.
Now – Shift your attention to your exhalation. Breathe out. All the way, all the way out. Again. And again. Focusing, right now, only on the out breath.
Find the pause at the end of the exhalation. Linger there.
Notice how your breath will come in again, on it's own.
Breathe all the way out. To the pause. Rest in the pause, and let your breath begin again. Deeper and more full each time.
Breathe out. Let the breath come in.
Let it turn around. Rest in the pauses and let the breath turn around. Your mind focused on the movement of breath, out... in... and the pauses that follow the breath.
As your mind focuses on the breath, you may find that there's less stress. The thinking mind grows more quiet. Tension in the body begins to melt away. You may find yourself feeling more present, more centered, more balanced. Is that comfortable? Is that a foreign experience? Can you allow this experience to be one that is nourishing and simple? Nothing to work at. Just allow... tension and stress to subside as you focus attention on your breath.
Feeling anxious, worried, even fearful about current events. Those are natural responses to crazy times. By breathing with awareness, as I've instructed, above, you may find a pleasant way to navigate stressful events and situations. Try it. Take time to reflect.
What's happening? What's happened?
Please leave a comment, below about your experience. What did you notice? What results did you experience?
Thanks for giving this a try, and letting me know a bit about your experience with breathing to release stress.
Sharon Harvey Alexander, C-IAYT
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