Just Breathe……

Coming out of the busy hustle and bustle of the holiday season, a season where there can be just as much overwhelm, anxiety and frustration as joy, cookies and presents, let’s take a moment. Take a moment to breathe. Right now, as you read this take a moment, close your eyes and take a deep breath in.

Looking ahead at the new year can be just as daunting. There is a lot to accomplish, if you have kids, you are back to school shuffling and activities. I am often asked how I can take on what I do. I think I can give credit to breathwork as an anchor for me in navigating my days and tasks at any point. I have times when I feel overwhelmed, and my anxiety wants to rise up and take center stage. But when I remember all the work, I have done over the past several years to navigate away from those feelings and I recall the peace I have found through my daily practices, I pause and breathe.

I used to live with paralyzing stress and anxiety that would cripple me in multi-day migraines. I could not let anyone around me down. I lived in a constant state of stress and panic, and I was not breathing.

Learning to incorporate simple breathwork techniques into my day, including and most importantly how I start my day along with meditation have become my staples that I cannot live without. Having a daily routine of any kind is extremely grounding and helpful in supporting the central nervous system and calming the anxious feelings that can arise. It takes time just like anything else to establish new habits. Good habits that bring peace, calm and joy feel good and when we do more of what feels good, we want to do more of it.

We breathe all the time every day, but how often do you pause and take a long deep breath in through your nostrils and a long slow exhale out your mouth with intention? That feels good, it feels different, and it begins to reprogram your nervous system, you can begin to self-regulate. Consider before even getting out of bed in the morning to take a moment and breathe- inhale, think about your intention for the day and exhale.

My favorite breath mantra is: “I breathe in love and light, and I release fear and doubt.” You can create a mantra that resonates with you. Breathe in the good and release anything that is not serving you for your highest good.

The great thing about this practice is that it does not require technology or tools, though there are plenty of resources if you should need it. You can do it any time of the day, and no one has to know what you are doing.

My intention is that you begin to find calm, peace and joy when you incorporate a mindful breathwork practice into your daily routine.