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Managing stress with breathing

With the pandemic dragging on, it can feel like a bad re-run of Groundhog Day... in a major stress version!

Indeed, there is plenty to be stressed about in early 2022. With isolation, telecommuting, online schooling, and the instability around us, it's no surprise that people at the grocery store look a little sadder than they did in 2019...

Ahhhh 2019 was a good time and we didn't even know it!

But as they say, it could be better and it could be worse.

Nevertheless, the stress is there. It's real and you can feel it. We may even have noticed that we have a few more gray hairs...

One thing is for sure, whether you are stressed or not, it's not going to have an impact on the situation! So why not try to relax a little.

Not easy, that's for sure, but it's worth a try.

If you can't go to a spa, have dinner at your favorite restaurant or spend a nice evening with friends, let's try this little relaxation technique: deep breathing.

You'll see, it's simple, but very effective.

In fact, when you feel good, you breathe better. And when you breathe well, you feel better.

So make yourself comfortable and get ready, by following these few steps, to feel better :)

Deep breathing (simplified version) step by step:

  1. Find a comfortable position whether you are lying on your back, arms by your sides, palms up, or sitting with your back supported, hands resting on your thighs, head straight, feet flat on the floor.

  2. Close your eyes.

  3. Start by breathing normally.

  4. While keeping your eyes closed, take a moment to feel your body relax. Feel your feet getting heavier, then your calves, your legs, your lower body, your back, your upper body, your shoulders, your arms, your hands, your face, all the way to the top of your head.

  5. Once you feel yourself starting to relax a bit more, you are ready to start deep breathing.

  6. While keeping your eyes closed, let the air in through your nose and expand your belly. Your breathing should be slow and deep.

  7. Once your belly is well inflated, you can exhale the air also through your nostrils.

  8. Repeat steps 6 and 7. You will continue the deep breaths as many times as necessary to feel a sense of relaxation. Remember to keep your eyes closed and breathe slowly and deeply. If thoughts arise, let them pass by by visualizing that they are like boats passing by, birds flying by, or clouds passing by.

  9. Once you are relaxed, return to your normal breathing. Keep your eyes closed. Take a moment to realize that you are more relaxed than before your breathing session. And enjoy the feeling.

Remember, you can practice this technique whenever you feel the need. Or better yet: every morning before you start your day.

Enjoy your session!

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