Breathing is one of the most natural things a person can do and an automatic reflex that is hard wired in our brains. It changes energy from tension to relaxation. It does this by turning off our sympathetic nervous system that produces stress hormones. This then turns on our parasympathetic nervous system, which turns off the stress hormone pump. So, deep breathing relaxes the body, decreases the heart rates lowers the blood pressure and creates the feeling of calmness. In addition, the deep breathing ensures the essential extra oxygen the brain needs for optimal function
One Minute Breathing Meditation
– Sit or stand comfortably.
-Bring your attention to your breath.
– Breathe naturally and count each inhale.
-Focus your attention to your nostrils and notice the inhale and exhale of air.
-Continue to count each breath until you reach one minute. This is roughly 15 breaths.
Make a mental note about this #mindfulmoment and congratulate yourself for being in the present.
Repeat at least five times today.
NOTE: This is a good, quick way to calm yourself down when you begin to feel anxious, upset or angry.
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