Stressed? Worried? Anxious? Take a Deep Breath to Find Peace and Find Time

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Stress and anxiety got you spinning?

Are you stressed and worried and not sure what to do or where to turn?

If so, it’s good to know that you’re not alone AND that there’s something you can do about it immediately.

When you’re stressed and anxious you waste untold time and energy. And quite often this happens when you’re at your busiest. What a set up!

But the good news is that there are simple deep breathing techniques that you can learn and implement very quickly AND that directly address debilitating anxiety and stress.

When you breathe deeply and fully, your body relaxes. This is exactly the opposite of the way you tend to breathe when you are experiencing high levels of stress. Then you tend to take quicker breaths in the top part of your lungs. The quick overload of oxygen you receive from shallow breathing increases your apprehension and becomes a cycle of stress that can be hard to break without practice.

Stressed? Slow Down and Breathe

Any time you can concentrate on breathing fully – all the way down to your abdomen – you’ll help yourself weather stressful situations. If your chest is rising with each breath, that’s a clue that you’re not expanding your lungs to full capacity.

So, place a hand just above your belly button and breathe. If you’re breathing deeply, your hand will rise and fall with each breath.

Practice breathing slowly by taking full, deep breaths. You might feel a bit strange at first because you’re not used to it. You’re getting plenty of air, even if you don’t feel like you are. Your lungs can expand without your upper chest rising. Only your upper belly needs to rise and fall.

At first, you probably won’t breathe this way unless you’re thinking about it because you’re so conditioned to breathe from your chest. Keep practicing often, and you’ll soon be breathing properly all the time.

If you struggle with worry you may sometimes feel paralyzed.

Being stuck at square one while the clock keeps ticking is a situation that sends your stress and anxiety into the stratosphere. Indeed, procrastination paralysis is a very common — and frustrating — experience.

Would you like to get a handle on your particular brand of procrastination? The habit that keeps you sleepless with worry?

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