We all get overwhelmed and stressed from time to time. And in many cases it’s this stress that pushes us over that last hurdle to reaching our objective.
And that is a big but, living in this state all the time is not good for our health or taking care of business. So what should you do?
That’s right, blow fire out of your mouth and burn the person nearest to you. That will help?
Seriously, breathing is a great way to let your mind relax so it can be more productive. The really cool thing about breathing exercises is that once you have established them, you can easily return to that “relaxed state” later in the day. In this article from Zen Habits, Leo Babauta says
When your anxieties, fears return… they emerge from the mind unbidden, just as all your thoughts do. They are temporary conditions, like clouds passing. They aren’t of any consequence if you just notice them, acknowledge them, let them move on. You return to the breath, and the anxieties are forgotten for a second as you see the breath.
And while this sounds a bit “woo-woo” it really works to give clarity to the situation so you can focus and deal with it effectively.
How do you relax and get your perspective back? Share you relaxation secrets in the comment below. You just may help someone get their chill on in the process.
Forward. Ever forward!
PS – Practice right now with this simple and very effective exercise. Take a deep breath counting to 7 as you inhale. Really fill your lungs. Hold your breath for another 7 count. And then exhale to a 7 count as well. Repeat this 7 times. How do you feel now? Care to share below in the comments? Please do let me know how this works for you.