Breathe.. Your mind and body will thank you!
There is such a thing as “breath rate,” and this refers to the number of breaths a person takes during a one-minute period. Consciously slowing down the breath rate engages the relaxation response of our nervous system, leading to a sense of calm and a release of tension in the mind and body.
Give it a try! Next time you're feeling a bit stressed, perhaps a bit anxious… Pause. Slowly breathe in through the nose for 5 seconds, 1-2-3-4-5, and slowly breathe out through the nose or mouth for 5 seconds, 1-2-3-4-5. Repeat this conscious breathing exercise for 10 breath cycles.
There now, don’t you feel better?