Remember to breathe.

Sometimes it’s the smallest things that have the greatest impact on our happiness.

Something so close, so within reach, we often forget it was there in the first place. The good night’s sleep we’re yearning for; waiting patiently at the end of each day. The connection to nature we’re searching for; available 24/7 just beyond our front door. That extra deep breath; we frequently forget to take.

You possess a power so magnificent, so liberating, right under your nose.


Breathing is one of the few physiological functions that can be controlled both consciously and unconsciously. 

When everything feels out of control, breathing is the one thing that will always be within our control. The times we’re under the most amount of stress is the exact time we need to expand our breathing – not restrict it.

We must become conscious of breath.

The next time you’re under any kind of pressure. Stuck in traffic. Rushing from class to class. Dealing with a difficult customer at work. Desperately trying to recall answers on a final exam. Wake up to the formidable power that exists within you. Right here. Right now. Right under your nose.


The deeper the breath. The deeper the peace.

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40 thoughts on “Remember to breathe.

  1. I make a point of relaxing through breathing exercises whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed or while on my evening sits on the patio with my dog. It’s almost like I’m recharging my internal life battery.

  2. Reblogged this on Leadership Flagship and commented:
    Sometimes we think we cannot afford to take time to do these things; I say we cannot afford not to. Our mental health and well-being is just as important as our physical well-being. Just Do it!

  3. For me, breathing is my anchor to reality; when all seem to be falling apart, a focus on my breath assures me that everything is ok. Nice post.

  4. So true, Andrea! I love this. I breathe to help me come present, be aware that peace is always with me, and open to gratitude. Thank you for the reminder – I just breathed right now!! 🙂 Have a beautiful rest of your Wednesday — Debbie

  5. I think I’ll be chanting (well in my head!) Inhale peace, exhale pressure next time I need to monitor my breathing. Great and helpful post. Thank you! ⚘

    1. Chanting! Love it! And I double dare you to chant “inhale peace .. exhale pressure” out loud at least once this week. If anything, the giggles that go with the chant will relieve your stress twice as fast. This I know from experience. LOL.. 🎉😁

  6. Breathing has been a life saver through my last few years and losing a child. It can change everything. Just a breathe away to a new beginning. A simple breath deserves so much gratitude.

  7. Especially love the title of this piece, due in no small measure to Eddie Vedder’s haunting lyrics in “Just Breathe,” though the music itself is equally as moving.

    1. Thanks Richard! I ventured over to YouTube and enjoyed an unplugged version of Just Breathe. Pearl Jam was one of my favourite bands when I was an undergrad at Huron College at Western U. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. 🎵🖤

      1. Something tells me we are similar in age! Pearl Jam came out with “Ten” (which was easily a 10!) as I was making the move to McGill all those decades ago…😉

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