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Breathing is an automatic process that we don't have to specifically think about. You're breathing as you're reading this and you don't have to think about it. It's automatic. Of course, you can willingly hold your breath for a short time. If you try to hold it too long your body will force you to take a breath.
Our collective stress level is high and rising with each passing day of physical distancing and social withdrawl. We seem to be busier than ever even though we're spending most of our day at home.
Today, your one thing to do is one minute of deep and intentional breathing.
Deep and intentional breathing, even for just one minute, calms our nervous system, releases tension, and gives us a much need moment of peace.
You can stand, sit or lie down to practice this style of breathing. I like to do it lying down. Put one hand on your belly and one on your chest. Take a deep breath and gently let your your belly push your hand out before you fill your chest.
You can breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth if you like.
Do this for one minute today and notice how you feel after. When you find yourself getting angry, annoyed, irritated, frazzled or tense take a pause and notice your breath. See if a few deep belly breaths give you a bit of calmness in an uncertain time. Good luck!
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