Just breathe

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Keep your head clear. It doesn’t matter how bright the path is if your head is always cloudy. – Unknown

What does it mean to “just breathe”? When we feel frustrated, panicked, stressed or scared, we tend to breathe rapid, shallow breaths, allowing the minimal amount of air into our lungs. This can lead to a number of physical problems i.e. dizziness, headaches, chronic fatigue, heart palpitations, high blood pressure and numbness.

What is the alternative?
Take deep, slow, mindful breaths through the nose. Hold the breath briefly before exhaling through the mouth for twice as long as the inhalation. This is what it means to “just breathe”. To concentrate specifically on nourishing our bodies with air, and, in so doing, bring about a sense of internal safety. It is also a reminder that no matter how catastrophic or overwhelming things may seem, we are still alive and we can overcome whatever lies ahead for us.

When you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, worried or scared, just breathe. For a minute, forget about everything that needs to be done and take it all one slow step and deep breath at a time.

Sometimes the world inside our heads is far more chaotic than the world outside and we forget that we have the immense power to calm it all by remembering to “just breathe”.

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