ARE YOU BREATHING?
Breathing is something we all do naturally without much thought. Breathing gives us the vital life giving oxygen that our bodies need to stay alive and on every outbreath we are able to release waste and toxins from our body. If you think about it breathing is our number one life giving function we have. You can stop eating for a time but you can never stop breathing. So why don't we pay more attention to the way we breathe?
Oxygen is everything to the body, nerves and organs it is our total well being. Breathing affects our state of mind and we can use it to calm us in stressful situations, if we are tense it will make us relax. So why not try to have a few breathing techniques that can help us when these situations arise?
I am going to share with you some breathing techniques that I learned from my favorite author Sonia Choquette.
MY BREATH IS MY FREEDOM
- If you are stressed or anxious breathe deep and sigh four times. To sigh is to make a loud sound with the exhale.
- If you need to get grounded and you need a flood of oxygen. Breathe in count to 4, then hold your breath count to 6, then blow 4 on the exhale and then hold 6. Repeat this as many times as you are able. Do this often it trains our minds to be peaceful.
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