Our breath is the one thing we have with us all the time. From the first breath we take when we come into this world until our last, it is our constant companion.
My favorite self-care tools are often the most subtle and sneaky. No one else needs to know that I am doing something different with my breathing to ground myself. It’s just important that I know I am doing something to support myself.
Breathing is the one process in our body that can both happen automatically, without thinking about it, and that we can also control when desired. Something beautiful can take our breath away. We can sigh when feeling frustrated or yawn when we are exhausted. It informs us about our world and can impact how we interpret the world around us.
Extending our exhales is one of the simplest things we can do to support our nervous system so that we feel safer in our bodies. My favorite breathing practice is to do some Ocean Breathing with an extended exhale.
To practice Ocean Breathing:
To practice Extended Exhales:
My favorite part about this is that no one needs to know that you are doing anything differently. Only you need to know that you are intentionally changing your breathing to change your physical and mental state.
I invite you to take a moment and try to breathe this way for a few minutes each day. Slowly building the muscle memory for these techniques before you actually go into a stressful situation makes it much more likely that you will be able to access these tools when you feel triggered, anxious, restless, bored or scared.
Feel free to check out this short video on Ocean Breathing and share it with anyone you know who might benefit from having some sneaky self-care in their life.
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May we all love the life we live…