It works and it's quick.
Breathing deeply with awareness quickly connects your mind and body.
Next time you are feeling stressed or anxiety, try these 7 steps:
Step 1: Sit or lie down comfortably.
Step 2: Close your eyes and relax all the muscles of your face.
Step 3: Bring your attention to the rhythm of your breath.
Step 4: Follow your natural inhalation and exhalation. Let your breathing deepen and soften.
Step 5: Inhaling through your nose, allow your stomach to expand. Bring fresh energy to your mind and the cells of your body.
Step 6: As you exhale through your mouth, release and relax your body. Allow your heart to soften, open and expand, releasing anxiety, tension, stress and negative thoughts. Let go. Let go.
Step 7: Repeat your breathing. Enjoy the calm and centered space you are now in. Repeat the mantra ‘Everything is going to be okay’.
I hope that you benefit from this gentle breathing practice. It has the ability to effect how you feel and act throughout your day. Take good care and your mind and body will bring you to balance and calm.
By Allison Barnard ACC, CPC
Allison Barnard is a Certified Wellness Coach ( ICF), Interior Design Consultant, and owner of Larkspur Wellness. She offers women's retreats, virtual interior design sessions, contract and contract-free coaching sessions, and online courses. She regularly contributes to Larkspur's blog and resides in Bend, OR.