Have you ever found yourself stressed to the point you can’t breathe? It happens to us all at one point or another.
It can be so unexpected, one minute you are fine, and the next you are having an anxiety attack.
What causes this? It is “Fear” inside of you that you can’t control.
What can you do about it? Breathe!
In life, you have good stress and you have bad stress.
Good stress what is that? you may ask.
Good stress means getting out of your “comfort zone”.
Let’s say you get offered a job you have always wanted but never applied for because you thought you didn’t qualify.
So you apply and get called for an interview.
You are talking to the parents of your girlfriend to ask for her hand in marriage.
Waiting for your first child to be born.
Those are just a few of the good stress and I’m sure you can think of more.
Bad stress, you all know what that is an “overwhelming feeling you can’t shake off”.
The more you think of it, the stress level elevates, and the solutions in your mind weigh you down.
Now that you understand the difference between good and bad stress, let us talk about how to breathe to relieve stress.
Have you ever noticed, that if something stressful happens good or bad, you tend to hold your breath?
And not realize it till someone tells you to breathe.
Let us talk about how important it is to breathe at this time of stress-filled moments.
When you breathe there is a certain way to do this, especially if you want to calm yourself down, It is always best to find a quiet room, where you will not be bothered.
If that is not possible then you must learn to quiet your mind no matter where you are.
Take a deep breath thru your nose, fill your lungs and if possible fill your stomach too.
Then release it out of your mouth slowly, and repeat.
While you are doing this, calm your mind by listening to the breathes you are taking, concentrate on each breath you take.
If any stressful thoughts pop up, push them away.
Concentrate on your breathing only.
It may not be easy at first but the more you do this the easier it gets.
Think of a happy place you would like to be.
Someplace peaceful, quiet, tranquil, something positive.
It would help you out better if you can create in your mind a place where you can go in times of trouble.
To put your stressful mind at ease before it happens.
Doing this would help you out quickly because you would have a place to concentrate prepared instead of having to think of one while you are stressed.
You can always go there even if you are calm.
Makes it easy for your mind to go to that special place,
No matter the situation.
So practice your breathing, open up your lungs, make sure the air is clean when you practice.