When a baby is born, the first thing they do is take their first breath. Breathing is what keeps us alive, it replenishes our lungs, it cleanses our cells, detoxes our energy pathways and helps us to think clearly. Breathing exercises are extremely beneficial for helping with anxiety and depression. Sitting mindfully for just 1 minute per day being aware of breathing in and out can have dramatic positive effects on your daily life.
So why is the breath so powerful for our mind, body and soul?
The hectic nature of our daily lives, often causes us to feel out of balance emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically. Breathing helps to bring us back to the present moment, and to connect inwards and to ourselves. Breathing practices work by instantly activating communication pathways between the mind and the body, therefore positively impacting the brain and calming the stress response.
Have you ever noticed that when you are anxious or have anxiety you forget to breathe? Anxiety is simply excitement without breath, when you are anxious you stop breathing, which then creates a blockage, so your feelings are unable to pass through. This then causes a build up of emotions and often it becomes intolerable. Even though fear and pain is uncomfortable, breathing into it will help tremendously. Once you acknowledge, surrender to it and accept that these feelings are here now, but that they will drift away, it is much more easy to accept and sit with.
Just like working out in the gym to strengthen our muscles, we need to do the same thing with our minds. Take just one minute each day to focus on breathing and really notice that deep inhale that fills our lungs, gives oxygen to our brain and lights up our cells, and then that satisfying exhale, letting go of any negativity, stress and unwanted emotional attachment we have been storing in our bodies. You will be surprised at just how helpful this tool can be.
Befriend The Fear
Your thoughts have a great influence on how you feel. When we tend to dwell on our fears it tends to become worse. Continuing to feed negative thoughts will just make you feel anxious and unproductive. Don’t let your fear rule you. Remember in these scenarios, to take a minute to just breathe and reconnect with yourself. And remember you can do this anywhere, in the bathroom of your office, or even the subway.
Don’t forget to breathe…..
Recommended Reading: The Healing Power of the Breath: Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Enhance Concentration, and Balance Your Emotions– Richard Brown