Happy Thursday everyone!
One more day until Friday!! Can I get a woot woot?
Anyways, with the weekend comes time to relax, rejuvenate and maybe have a drink or two (or three – nobody’s counting!) But while we have a break from the crazy story that is our job (and life), stress will sometimes find its way to creep back into our lives.
It’s inevitable, we all experience stress and periods of anxiety. The problem with this feeling is that it doesn’t serve us. If anything, it could be negatively affecting everything else in our life that we may not even be stressing about.
See the thing about stress and anxiety is that it can be clumped into one of two categories. Good feelings and bad feelings. Good feelings are what bring us joy and give us that warm fuzzy feeling, while bad feelings, give us that pit in our stomach. Pretty simple, right? Well, anxiety and stress fall under the bad feelings – obviously (along with loneliness, anger, sadness, fear, etc.). These feelings do not serve us, and can actually pull us down into a deep never ending spiral if we don’t change our thoughts.
So what can we do to rid ourselves of the anxiety and reset our minds for positive thoughts?
But not just any kind of breathing. No, there is a special breathing technique that I learned while on a retreat with One World Academy. It’s easy to do and will automatically reset your mind whenever you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed or like you are about to have a full-blown panic attack (raise your hand if you’ve been there!)
So here’s what you have to do:
- Find yourself a quiet space
- Close your eyes
- Make sure that you are breathing in through your abdomen not your chest (to help with this step, place your hand on your stomach – you should feel your stomach sink in while you breathe in)
- Breathe in for a count of 3
- Hold your breath at the top of the inhalation for a count of 3
- Exhale for twice as long (count of 6)
- Make sure to smile when you breathe out ** This step is crucial for this process. Studies have shown that smiling in itself releases endorphins and serotonin (which are considered the “feel good” brain chemicals)
- Repeat this cycle 3 times
Remember, you can use this technique at any time during the day, and as many times as needed. You’ll find that the more you practice this, the less you need it as your mind begins to adjust to a world of more positive thoughts.
Disclaimer: This will not cure anxiety, I am sharing a technique that has worked for me in alleviating temporary episodes of stress. This technique is not contradicted and can be used by anyone and in conjunction with current treatment. However, this technique should not be used in lieu of current treatment plans. Please consult with your physician prior to making any changes to your treatment plan.