“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”
~ Amit Ray
One of my favourite stress-busters is breathing.
That may sound simple, and it is.
Anxious, worried, angry, frustrated, overwhelmed, overcome, swamped, exhausted, defeated?
Breathe in slowly and mindfully. Close your eyes if it helps.
Hold for just a second with your lungs full. There’s a tiny point of calm there. (Try it and you’ll see for yourself.)
Breathe out slowly until your lungs are empty. Hold for just a moment. There’s that same tiny point of calm again, and a sense of being grounded back into your body. (It might be fleeting, you might need a few slow deliberate breaths but you’ll find it.
Breathe in again slowly and mindfully. Pause for a moment. Breathe out fully. Pause.
With each conscious breath cycle you can incrementally calm your body, relax your mind, bring your scattered energy back to whole.
It only takes a minute, but it can make a world of difference when life gets all too much.
It’s one of my favourite coping strategies, especially when life is fraught and stressful and I still need to be present and to carry on. It’s also great to calm you before sleep.
Sending so much love your way, and my intention that you find your feet on that path back to inner peace today, Nicole ❤ xx