I was once told, “You live how you breathe.” At that time I was barely breathing enough to stay alive. I wasn’t sick or struck with an illness, yet I could go for hours without taking a full breath. I had developed a breathing pattern that was shallow and kept me from feeling grief, sadness, anxiety, and fear. It also prevented me from feeling happiness, joy, contentment, and a connection with myself and others.
Deep breathing, according to some researchers, is an effective, drug-free way of reducing stress and feelings of anxiety. The following is a breathing exercise from the American Academy of Family Physicians:
1. Lie down flat on your back, placing one hand on your stomach and one hand on your chest;
2. Slowly breathe in, making sure your stomach rises but your chest remains flat;
3. Hold your breath for a second or two;
4. Slowly exhale and allow your stomach to drop;
5. Repeat for 3-5 breathes.
Breathing into your tummy puts you back in touch with yourself and your full range of feelings!
Love, Health & Happiness,