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Feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed? Give this a try!

To everyone that is dealing with stress, anxiety, overwhelm, and not having any time for yourself to decompress or begin to feel better. This blog is for you!

So many of you give everything you have to your families and your careers, that when it’s time to find time for yourself, it’s just not that easy to do. In our conversations, you often mention that it feels like one day blends right into the next often resulting in you feeling depleted. Please know that I’ve been there and life doesn’t have to be like this.

Managing our stress, anxiety and overall energy is really important and deserves to be a non-negotiable part of your day.

Short, focused bouts of meditation are my favorite for hitting reset on how you’re feeling and allowing you the space to release all of the clutter that you’re holding on to. One of the most powerful meditations is actually really simple. It’s called Rhythm Breathing. 5 minutes a day is a great place to start and really effective.

Although meditation can be performed truly anywhere, my recommendation is to find a comfortable seated position. It can be in a chair or on the ground. I encourage you to explore different seated positions until you find one that allows you to be still for 5 minutes or longer.

Setting up in a place that is relatively free of distraction is advantageous, especially when you’re first developing a meditation practice.

  • Once comfortably seated, close your eyes and rest your hands in your lap
  • Maintain closed eyes and a closed mouth
  • Inhale through your nose for 2 seconds with ease
  • (When starting out, use 2 or 3 seconds for each phase. If it feels ok to use 4 or 5 seconds, go for it. Please know that the recommendation is to find a duration that works for you. Also, shoot to keep the same duration for each phase to establish a rhythm)
  • Hold your breath for 2 seconds. Remain calm.
  • Exhale your breath through your nose with ease
  • Hold your breath for 2 seconds. Remain calm.
  • Repeat this cycle for as long as it takes to bring your focus inward on your breath and off of the previously racing thoughts.

Please know that the objective isn’t to prevent thoughts from coming into the forefront of your mind. The objective is to acknowledge them when they do and be willing to let them go as soon as they enter.

I recommend a 5-minute practice to start your day, preferably before anyone else in the house is awake, to start your day from a place of grounded presence.

If you don’t sleep as well as you’d like, a short practice before bed is incredibly helpful in calming your mind so you can rest easy. Nearly all of our stress is due to our thoughts being in the past or the future. Our breath pulls us into the present moment where you are safe and can find a calm sense of peace.

I encourage you to give this a try today. Please let me know how it goes. If you know of anyone who might benefit from this, I’d be eternally grateful if you shared it with them.

Breathe easy my friends.