Dude, are you breathing?

ever have one of those days where everything is racing, where different thoughts pop into your head one, after the other… yea, i know. today was one of those days; filled with text messages, deadlines, emails, meetings, calls from mommy… in the middle of it all i decided to watching my breath.

instead of letting my mind swim, i let i concentrate on one task: count the inhales and the exhales and make sure each is even.

after a few balanced breaths i felt like i landed back in my body…

the breath is so important and yet so many of us take it for granted. Poor breathing can lead to panic attacks and even conditions like insomnia and depression. But… if you’re reading this it’s not too late. Stop for a moment. Are you breathing? When is the last time you noticed and paced your breath. where does your breath go? does it only make it as far as your lungs, do you breathe into your belly, is it shallow and constantly stuck in your throat?

even though our breathing is automatic, it’s often aligned with our emotions or mental state. when you’re upset or stressed and you find yourself breathing quickly, you trigger your sympathetic nervous system, which messes with your stress hormones, heart rate, blood pressure and anxiety levels.

next time you’re feeling it, take a moment… even if that moment has to last all day… and slow your breath… this simple step will wake up the the parasympathetic nervous system, also called the rest and digest system, slow your heart rate and welcome in a little bit of calm.

Dude, are you breathing?

deep breathing helps:

  1. improve your skin

2. highten your energy levels

3. balance your brain

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