The "just breathe" principal
Updated: Oct 5, 2020
Do you ever feel overwhelmed and not sure what to do, how to make your next move or even which direction you want to go? Do you feel as if life is just going along and you want to shout "stop the world, I want to get off"?
Well, all you have to do is stop and breathe. Slowly, deeply, into the abdomen. Sit, or stand, it doesn't matter, just stop, be still and take some belly-breaths. Have some water. and breathe.
This will immediately and completely take your body out of the stress response. It is impossible for us to be in a state of physiological stress when we are taking deep, slow, long breaths. This intake of oxygen signals to the body that it is safe and therefore doesn't need to produce adrenaline and cortisol, ready for action.
Having stress in our lives is normal, natural and to be welcomed in appropriate amounts. It helps us achieve our goals and get things done, it keeps us passionate and creative, it can get us motivated and moving. It can also freeze us in our tracks and it can stop us being able to relax and sleep when we need to if our bodies become too accustomed to being on high-alert.
Chronic stress suppresses the immune system and makes it a struggle for our body's to work at their optimal levels in all ways. It tires us out and drains our energy and enthusiasm away.
However it is perfectly possible to be in good health and also have a certain amount of stress but only if the individual takes regular time out from that stress, on a physiological level. This can be as easy as stopping at regular intervals in the day to belly-breathe for a few minutes.
Your whole body will benefit from this simple practice, so allocate some time in your day and "just breathe".
May you be safe, well and at ease.