The world we live in right now is high energy. Some would express it as being quite stressful. So with this in mind, what are we doing about our own energetic health and well being?
We need to take some time out for self-care with yoga, meditation, and breathing. Or if these aren’t your thing, try swimming, running, cycling or any form of activity that you enjoy. Whatever makes you feel good. Exercise is actually a form of meditation, too.
When was the last time you just stopped? Take a moment to recognise your breathing. Is it fast or slow? Long or short? How do you feel?
It’s important to recognise your breathing because we go through so many emotions and energetic shifts each day, so it really is time to notice.You are important.
If you find yourself in a stressful situation, the most natural thing to do is look for the closest exit! At the same time your breathing will likely become faster and more shallow, you might feel faint, you could hyperventilate, your mouth may feel dry, and this can sometimes lead to anxiety attacks (always go to your doctor if you feel as though you are experiencing the latter). You will quickly become tired, and rightly so, that’s a lot to go through.
When you practice deep breathing, you activate a relaxation response, and bring your body to a deep state of rest. This changes all responses to stress, such as decrease in heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension and rate of breathing.
Need movement as well?
Yoga is an amazing form of relaxation and for those who practice regularly, it opens up so many aspects of their world and of life. It is a physical movement, but it makes us stop, acknowledge our rate of breathing and recognise how our body feels right at that moment. Yoga creates a harmonious relationship between our bodies and our breath. It makes us feel good while it provides a fabulous form of exercise and relaxation.
Try this breathing technique next time you feel something is amiss in your life
The Counting Breath
Bring your awareness within. You don’t even have to close your eyes. Simply relax your shoulders, and count along with your breath. Breathe in slowly for the count of four, and breathe out slowly for the count of five. Do this on repeat for two minutes. You will feel the stress melting away.