Wellness Now: Your Oasis in a Hectic Day
Been feeling a bit anxious lately? Ya, me too! Here are some suggestions to help soothe those jittery nerves: instead of a hug or a kiss, greet others with namaste, acknowledging the divine light within; break up with the news now and then; and, last but definitely not least, REMEMBER TO BREATHE!

I know you've gotten that last piece of advice from me before (more than once!) but when things feel out of control and scary, nothing slows the racing mind and reduces anxiety as easily, quickly and effectively as a few nice long, deep breaths. Got a minute? Let's breathe. Inhale slowly and deeply, holding your breath in for a moment, followed by a leisurely exhalation, holding the breath out for a moment; repeat as many times as you wish, concentrating on the breath. Return your breath to normal and notice how you feel. A little calmer? Good job!

Complete Breath (below) includes counting, a simple tool to help focus the mind and reduce anxiety. To learn more about the importance of the breath, click here .
To your health,
Olivia (aka, Ohm)
Relaxation Coach, Workshop Facilitator & Author
Complete Breath (Pranayama)
  • Relax; close your eyes.
  • Exhale completely. Inhale slowly and deeply through the nose. Allow your stomach to expand like a balloon.
  • Sip in the breath, filling the chest and lungs.
  • Hold your breath; exhale slowly through the nose, squeezing out all the stale air.
  • Add the element of counting: inhale for a count of 5, hold the breath for 10, exhale for a count of 7. (Adjust the count if you'd like.)
  • Repeat 5 times.
  • Silently repeat the affirmation:
I drink deeply from the well of Life.
" When you own your breath,
nobody can steal your peace." - Unknown