I’m not really a woo woo kinda guy.
I do however subscribe to the power of breathing.
Breathing directly relates to how calm and clear-headed we are.
In fact some of the greatest minds in our lifetime meditate —
(There’s a lot of fluff around the word ‘meditation’, a better term would be a mindfulness practice.)
The point is —
When the pressures on, breath it away.
There’s an old anonymous saying (which I will proceed to butcher startinnnnng now) ‘if you can’t find the time to meditate for 20 minutes then you should meditate for an hour’.
Controlled breathing is one cure to rid yourself of anxiety, whether that’s
a mindful breathing practice (such as box breathing — 4 seconds in breath, 4 second hold, 4 seconds out breath, 4 second hold)
or a daily meditation practice (The simplest form is focusing on your breath — In – out. deep breathing. If you lose yourself to thought or feeling (monkey minds) this is natural. Acknowledge it, ‘oh I’m thinking’, then focus back on your breath — that’s it.
20 minutes – 10 minutes – 5 — however much you want to give.
breathe it away
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am.” — Sylvia Plath
“Smile, breathe and go slowly.” — Thich Nhat Hanh