Breathe*

Inhale.

The first step to reclaiming your mind: ridden yourself of negative emotions. The first thing we do when we are about to step out of our character but hold back. The first action we all took exiting the womb.

Exhale.

The final step in reclaiming your mind. The last thing we do when we pass on. The last action for each breath.

Remember to breathe.

The army has a coping mechanism that they teach for stressful situations: Box breathing. I want you guys to try this out when in a stressful situation.

  • Slowly inhale through your nose to a slow count of 4
  • Hold for a count of 4
  • Slowly exhale through your mouth to a slow count of 4

I’ve heard of this method before, especially because it has gone viral and is now on almost every self-help app. What really did it for me was while watching the movie: Long Shot, Seth rogan is told to do this technique. He decides that it helps him better if he says the numbers out loud and after putting it to the test, he’s right. I don’t know the science behind why but it definitely seemed to calm me down faster than just doing it silently.

This is just one method: we will tackle more as the wellness journey moves forward, but let this be a reminder to stop and breathe! It is not simply just about calming yourself down, it also helps you to effectively come up with a solution to certain situations you may be involved with. It gives you the time to think before you react, which most people fail to do nowadays. Calming and clearing your mind before decision making helps you closer to the ultimate goal: mental stability.

Changing your action, changes the reaction.

Another method I want you guys to try is breathing from your stomach. Most people are chest breathers and breathing like that doesn’t exactly give you all the benefits. Try this:

  • Lay flat on your back with one hand resting on your stomach
  • Inhale through your nose expanding your stomach
  • Keep your chest still
  • Exhale through your mouth relaxing your stomach
  • Repeat 10x

This will help with the army breathing technique we discussed above and also help with certain ailments you might be having. For example: regulating your heart rate, increasing the amount of oxygen that you intake, and also help with digestion. This is also a great way to improve your pelvic floor, slowly correct your posture, and help improve your respiratory system.

As someone who is quick to reaction and constantly lives in their head, learning new breathing techniques and mediating is slowly transforming my mind as we speak. It’s tough but it will be worth it when you can finally have a grasp on your emotions: no more let it get the best of you. No matter what you may be struggling with, take a deep breath and remember who you are. You are capable. You are worthy. You are loved. ✨

Breathe.


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