Have you ever experienced standing amid a raging storm, an emotional storm that is? How did you find the calm space in your mind and stepped outside of that emotional tornado?
Remember the last time you’ve found yourself in the middle of an emotional storm? What did you do to get out?
How can we have better reactions to the events in our life that we can’t control? How do we stop being emotionally allergic to everything?
Take a Deep Breath
When you are in the middle of an emotional storm, stressing out, you’ll often start breathing faster as your body prepares itself for fight-or-flight, or you’ll hold your breath.
It’s something of a mantra that controlling your breath will wash you over with a sense of calm when you need it the most.
Science proves breathwork, an effective strategy for managing daily stress and anxiety, triggering neurons in the brain that tell the body it’s time to relax.
Meaning, when you are focusing on your breathing, you are physically forcing your entire body to calm down, which will give you more breathing space in your head too. Best of all, it doesn’t take long, and you can do it anywhere you go.
Try this breathing exercise:
- place one hand on your chest and one hand on your abdomen
- breath slowly through your nose with your mouth shut
- as you inhale push your belly out against your hand –– feel your tummy and your hand rise
- hold for two seconds
- exhale slowly through your nose –– feel your stomach deflate and your hand fall
- smile as you exhale (because smiling makes you feel happier); picture someone you love or a happy place that makes you feel good –– imagine anything that will inspire a smile.
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