When I first bring up the topic of self-care to my clients in individual sessions, groups, or public talks I often encounter replies that range from inhibited giggles to condescending smirks. More often than not, somebody would say “of course I take care of myself! I take showers and brush my teeth daily!” While personal hygiene is defiantly an important and fundamental part of good self care, it hardly scratches the surface of what self care really means. Continue reading Plug into your energy source… or… How to give others by taking care of yourself first
Tag: stress management
How Breath Makes Your Brain Work for You
- Slowly, draw in a breath, and notice your lungs and belly filling with air.
- Slowly, let the breath out and notice the release that happens in your body.
- Repeat over and over again.
(Some people find it helpful to count while drawing the breath in and out. Try counting to 4 while drawing the breath in, and to 4 again on the way out.)
When you focus your attention on your breath, you take your attention off your anger, fear, stress, and worry. You become one with the perfection of the present moment.
Moreover, ( very simplistically stating,) the more you practice mindful or conscious breathing, the more you strengthen those “relaxed” pathways in the brain. In other words, the more you practice this technique the more you train your brain to respond with calm to stress.
Do it for just a few minutes in the morning, and then stop and do it a few times a day, especially when things get a little much for you. Let me know what you noticed and have fun breathing!