I've got a wicked bad case of the hazy, lazy, crazy days of mid-summer so I decided to recycle a Wellness Now newsletter from April 2017. Fortunately, when it comes to our mental, emotional and physical health, the message still applies:
Remember to breathe
(more important than ever during these "unusual" times).
"Did you remember to breathe today?" is, of course, a trick question. Happily, you're breathing without me constantly reminding you to inhale/exhale/repeat. The real question is:
“Did you remember to
The breath, it is said, is the pulse of the mind. When we are tense, our breathing becomes shallow...or we may 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 (deeply)!