The Breath: The Body’s Natural Calming Device
Have you noticed your breathing today? Your breathing can tell you a lot about your state of mind. Are you calm? Nervous? Stressed? Checking into your breathing helps bring you back to the present and makes you more aware of what is currently going on in your life. Proper breathing has even been linked to better mental and physical health (e.g., reduced anxiety and lower blood pressure).
Here are some quick exercises you can use to get in touch with your breathing:
1) Place your hand on your stomach and notice your stomach moving up and down as you breathe in and out. Do this 10 to 20 times. The slower you breathe the better.
2) Plug one of your nostrils as you breathe in and out. After 5 or 10 breaths like this, breathe through the other nostril for 5 or 10 breaths. You will likely feel your body and mind come back to the here and now.