Okay, "Did you remember to breathe today?" is a trick question. Happily, you're breathing without me constantly reminding you to inhale, exhale, repeat. The real question is:
“Did you remember to breathe deeply today?”
The breath, it is said, is the pulse of the mind. When we are tense, our breathing becomes shallow...or we may even hold the breath without realizing it. This increases anxiety, heart rate and blood pressure. Deliberately taking slow, deep breaths has the positive effect of decreasing anxiety and lessening physical symptoms of stress.
Full, deep breathing is essential for our physical, mental and emotional well being. It's the all-purpose wellness tool – it calms you down when you’re tense, and boosts you up when your energy tank dips. Your breath is always accessible and doesn’t require any special equipment...just remember to B - R - E - A - T - H - E!