Do you sometimes get tense, stressed, or overwhelmed during the day? Well, we don't want that!
As I've probably mentioned before, but it bares repeating, this will trigger your brain into survival mode. Your body will actually respond like you're in physical danger, sending stress hormones into your body, overactivating your adrenals, and shutting down your more resourceful part of the brain. Then you won't even be as effective or efficient at taking care of all the things you're stressed out about! So worry and tension really do not serve you in any way.
When most people are anxious, they breathe from up high in the chest. If you breathe deeply from this place, you'll feel even more tense! Proper breathing takes place from down low. As you inhale, your belly expands; and as you exhale, it sinks back in. We call this centered breathing, and it brings you back to a more "centered" way of being, rather than "off balance".
The easy way to do this is by putting your attention just below your navel. You can even put your hand there. Now simply breathe! You might find that your whole body cavity expands. That's natural, too.
This will cue your nervous system that you're safe and okay, and it can relax.
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- Check periodically throughout the day as to how you're feeling. If you feel at all tense, take a "breather" - a few nice, big, centering breaths.
- Want to get less tense in the first place? Then take centering breaths throughout your day regardless of how you're feeling.
- Want to feel even more inner peace as you do this?
- Rather than trying to quiet your mind, which can be hard to do. Put your attention where the quiet already exists. Right in the space around you there is stillness and quiet and peace. Even if there are people around you, or if there's activity or noise somewhere in your vicinity, between you and those things, there is that space. Feel for it. It's a glorious space that you can step right into and let it take over.
Try this out, and let me know how it goes or if you have any questions!
Hope to hear from you and see you soon!
Supporting you in greater ease and joy, with a warm heart,