We’ve all had those days when we’re so busy that we don’t see how we’ll get everything done in a day. I had one of those moments last week. I had a couple of training presentations to complete and a draft, for a talk that I was giving to share for review. I had it all handled until I ran into the unexpected. My Wi-Fi went down and my provider couldn’t figure out how to get it back up quickly. We’ve all had our stress situations and the more we start rushing, usually the worse the situation becomes. Remember the phrase “Just Breathe?” It has a lot of substance. Breathing gives us the best avenue to insert some calm into the situation. With calm comes an increased ability to think more clear, maintain our pleasant personalities (no one likes us when we’re stressed and irritable), and keep our blood pressure at healthy levels.
In the midst of my stressful day I decided to pause and engage in a round of alternate nostril breathing. You should try it!
Here’s how it works:
- Close the right nostril with your right thumb and inhale through the left nostril. Do this to the count of four seconds.
- Immediately close the left nostril with your right ring finger and little finger, and at the same time remove your thumb from the right nostril, and exhale through this nostril. Do this to the count of eight seconds. This completes a half round.
- Inhale through the right nostril to the count of four seconds. Close the right nostril with your right them and exhale through the left nostril to the count of eight seconds. This completes one full round.
Start by doing three rounds, adding one per week until you are doing seven rounds.
Alternate nostril breathing helps with focus and inserts some calm. Many times that’s all we need to get through some wackiness. I’d like to hear how it worked for you. Feel free to share your comments below.
Directions courtesy of www.HolisticOnline.com