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10 Breaths to Calm

by Mary Larkin |

Stress is our body’s way of telling us to take a step back. If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or exhausted from your tasks that demand your effort and attention—pause for a moment to gather your thoughts and put your mind at ease. Inhale as deeply as you can and exhale with a sigh. Next, place your palms together and bring them to your heart. Roll your shoulders back so that their weight is felt in your upper back and not on your chest. If you are standing, make sure your hips are in line with your ankles and root your feet steadily into the ground beneath you. If you are seated, make sure your spine is straight and your bottom is rooted firmly into your chair. Close your eyes and inhale for a slow count of four, and exhale slowly for another count of four. Focus on the sound of your breath starting to become slow and controlled. Continue this breathing exercise for at least ten breaths or as long as desired. After you have completed this exercise, gently remind yourself that you are strong, capable, and confident.