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10 Ways To Stop Stress Now #6

Saturday, December 26, 2015

6. Reboot Your Breath

Feeling less stressed is as close as your next breath. Focusing on your breath curbs your body's "Fight or Flight" reaction to pressure or fear, and it pulls your attention away from negative thoughts. Sit comfortably in a quiet place. Breathe in slowly through your nose, letting your chest and lower belly rise and your abdomen expand. Breathe out just as slowly repeating a word or phrase that helps you relax. To reap the most benefit, repeat for at least 10 minutes.

When I was in college, we were required to take a semester of Speech. I will NEVER forget my first speech in front of the class. I have NO idea what happened, but I was the only girl in a class of over 40 guys. And, I had chosen to speak on a subject suggested to me by my Biology professor. I spoke on the Archaeopteryx and actually had a large and very heavy fossil-likeness of the ancient bird. I remember taking deep breaths and letting them out slowly but did both through my nose. It actually helped!!!!! And, I was trying to hold the bird while giving my speech, (which was very difficult as it was not only heavy, but also very big and awkward to hold) when a very nice guy from the class offered to hold it while I talked............nice and also quite good looking!!!!! I digress...........the deep breathing also helped when I was pregnant with our first son. I took Lamaze classes for Natural Childbirth and this time breathed in through my nose and out through my mouth. This was done with each contraction and the extra oxygen helped with the labor pains.
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