Pay attention. I want you to become extremely aware of your breath in this moment. Notice the air coming in and out of your body. How does it feel? What is the texture like? Is it smooth? Is it shaky?
Take a deep breath in through your nose. Exhale it out.
When was the last time you brought this much awareness to your breath?
Now, take an even deeper breath through your nose — breathe all the way into the tops of your lungs. Slowly breathe out.
The most underutilized tool that we all own: our breath
The quickest and most efficient way to calm our nervous system.
I know what you’re thinking. “I breathe! I take deep breaths when I’m stressed!” We actually say it all the time. I say it to my friends when they’re panicking,
“ Relax, take a breath!” or sometimes “OMG breathe!”
Maybe you take deep breaths when you are in a paralyzing state of stress or anxiety. Or maybe if you’re having a panic attack. But think about that for a moment. Our breath is a completely free, 100% accessible tool…
That we only use when we panic.
What if you used it all the time? What if you took intentional breaths every single day — even the good days?
I know we breath all day long. I know it’s what keeps us alive. But what if we consciously breathed all day? What if you made a conscious effort to use the full capacity of your lungs every once in awhile and breathed in more than just the minimum amount of air needed to survive.
These days, most of us live in a constant state of fight or flight. Notice how you feel right now — where in your body are you holding tension?
Probably your face…the space between your brow. The muscles surrounding your eyes, most likely. Your jaw. Your belly. Your shoulders.
Take a deep breath in and as you exhale, try to relax some of these areas.
Most of us have forgotten how to feel balanced and normal. Some of us have probably gone years without taking a mindful and intentional breath of air. YEARS.
Years without using a tool that only takes one tiny moment of awareness to use. One tiny moment of intention.
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