Breathe In, Breathe Out: It Really Is That Simple

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

I was over at the lovely Alexandra Franzen‘s wise website recently and was reminded of how powerful deep breaths are. She writes:

Breathe, breathe, breathe. Deep, resonant, opera singer breaths. It will immediately lower your cortisol — the stress hormone that makes you feel like a frantic bunny in a box.

It’s not often I feel like a frantic bunny in a box, but lately those frantic bunny ears have flopped around more frequently than I’d like to admit. And what I know to be true is that slow, deep breaths help. Meditation also helps, but some people get all cuckoo over the idea of sitting still for more than a few seconds (myself included, at times), so breathing deeply and slowly will have to do.

Unless…

…you start with simply breathing in and breathing out. Start slow and deep. Develop a rhythm and keep it going. Try it for a minute. Just one minute. Then two. And then maybe even three.

Sometimes all we need is a little reminder at the beginning of the day about that whole breathing thing. Here’s that something to get you started: Remember To Breathe.

Take a listen this morning before you get started on your day (or right click and download for future use) and simply notice what breathing deeply and slowly does for you. How does your body react? How do these breaths impact the rest of your day?

I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments.

Happy Monday, and … remember to breath.

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