When we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed by our emotions, – perhaps triggered by something someone says to us, by memories or thoughts – it can be really hard to understand what is happening. And we need help right then, so we don’t make choices that end up hurting us even more. This is when it can be good to try the simple stuff. What could be more simple than breathing?
So… Breathe. Normally we aren’t aware of our breathing, it just happens. But if we pause for a moment and follow our breath…
The average adult breathes 21,600 times a day and yet is unaware of it 99.9% of the time, even though breathing is incredibly helpful in relaxation and well-being.
Here’s a way to get started: put one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach; close your eyes and do nothing but follow your breath and the movements of your hands. Try doing this for 20 seconds. And then take a moment to notice how does that feel?