Breathing is something we don't think about. We just do it, right?
During guided meditation practice, I'm often reminded to come back to the breath. When my thoughts start to roam, I come back to focus on my breathing. I take deep breaths to begin with to cleanse my lungs.
But there are times during our day when we have so much on our plates and we rush from one thing to another. It can be overwhelming.
This is when we need to remind ourselves to breathe.
When we have things coming at us from all directions, it's easy to lose our focus. Taking a deep breath gives us a few precious seconds to regroup. There are other things we can do as well.
1. Go for a walk. Making ourselves walk away from a situation for a few minutes can put it in perspective. Getting a change of scenery allows us to focus on something different and we can come back with a clear head.
2. Listen to soothing music. When we're geared up, relaxing piano or guitar music can do the trick. It can take a tense atmosphere and change it immediately.
3. Drink something warm like a cup of hot tea or coffee. Because we have to drink it slowly, it again makes us slow down in general. When you take a drink, feel it go all the way down your throat. Feel the warmth and let it soothe you.
4. Find someone who makes you laugh and go have a conversation with him/her. Laughter is really often the best medicine. When you're both feeling overwhelmed, you simply need a tension break. There are those friends and colleagues that we can always have fun with. Find them.
5. Stay away from social media. It might sound counterproductive, because social media is often a way for us to not have to do any deep thinking. However, it can also cause more stress and tension. We read posts and suddenly it seems like everyone is having an amazing life except for us. Instead of feeling better, we feel worse.
These ideas are starting points. There are all kinds of ways of regaining our focus and composure when we feel like we're drowning in the deep end of the pool.
But start simple. Always go back to the breath.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.