Breathing: Your everyday, easy, free stress relief tool

February 22, 2015

Breathing: Your everyday, easy, free stress relief tool

Do you ever really stop to think about how important, beneficial, and life affirming your breath is? I know there are so many times where I don’t pay attention to my breath, or even worse, in stressful situations, realize that I’m barely breathing at all. Sure, breathing keeps us alive; it brings oxygen to the brain. The breath can be used in so many ways to help relieve stress, calm your nerves, tap into your intuition, and so much more. Your breath is your very own, free, natural tool that you can use at any time to change a situation; you simply have to remember that it’s there. I’ve learned many breathing techniques in my trainings throughout the years, so here are a few you can use in any given moment to bring peace of mind, body, and spirit.

  1. Alternate nostril breathing. A yogi technique to de-stress and calm the mind. Essentially, you alternate breathing through each nostril for a given period of time. For more instruction on this technique, click here.
  2. Meditation focusing on the breath. Just like you would in your regular meditation, sit comfortably, close your eyes and simply focus on your breathing. Notice your inhales, and your exhales, but don’t try to control them. Allow the rhythm of your breathing to calm your mind and your body. A great way to start your day.
  3. Backpack Meditation. I learned this technique from one of my teachers, Gabby Bernstein, and it’s simple, easy to do, and can relieve stress, anger, or anxiety in only a minute of practice. For more instruction on this meditation, click here.
  4. Simply breathe. You don’t need to complicate it, when things get crazy just remember to breathe; in and out through your nose. You can close your eyes, and take a few nice, deep breaths and notice a shift in your mood or attitude. Give yourself permission to stop and breathe throughout the day.
    I’m always amazed by how present to the moment I feel, when I remember to breathe.

What breathing techniques do you use to manage your stress and anxiety? Have you tried any of these above? Let me know!

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