Every time we take a long deep breath, we are telling our bodies that we are safe.
Each breath connecting our mind, body, and heart.
Bringing us back to present time.
5 Breathing Techniques:
Follow Your Breath Become aware of each inhalation and exhalation. Focus on the sensations you feel as air passes through your nose and throat. When you feel your thoughts drift, gently redirect your attention back to your breath.
Stand Up Straight Posture is especially important for breathing. Being upright enhances the rhythmic movement between the diaphragm and ribs. Hold yourself straight. Shoulders back. Feel the power of your breath.
Think Reassuring Thoughts While Breathing With each breath, think soothing thoughts (“I am inhaling calm”). With each exhalation, imagine that you are expelling your fears and worries (“I am exhaling worry”).
Abdominal Breathing Breathe through your stomach. Start by inflating your belly by inhaling, as if to fill it with air, then swell your chest; as you exhale, first “empty” your stomach, then your chest.
Balanced Breathing At the end of each inhalation, pause briefly while slowly counting “1, 2, 3”. Hold the air in. Then slowly exhale counting “1, 2, 3”.
Source: Scientific American
What brings you peace during uncertainty?
What gives you strength?
Breathing Video → Watch Here
Breathing deeper already as I watch you and read your words. Powerful indeed! Thanks for the important reminder Andrea. xx 🥰
Breathing Together Like Never Before.
Thank you Miriam! 🙏💙
Your peace travels across the miles 🇦🇺 🇨🇦
I’m glad. May it always be so. 🙏💙
Well, to say it is an uncertainty makes it seem like something similar to life itself.
Why not, I’ll drink in a deep breath to both gambles.
Here’s to the possibilities.
OH YES !!
Here’s to the POSSIBILITIES
on the other side of CHAOS
The beauty is 7 billion of us are in it together. From the first breath to the last.
No one can escape birth or death.
CV19 is as you say “similar to life itself”
Wait, wait for it, there’s a thought coming out the tunnel and it is: … the only certainty is death and taxes (or is that taxis, but no that can’t be right, for we don’t even have one here in this little town, not a one).
FUN is the best resilience mechanism of all!
Thank you for being you. Truly. Needed.
Laughter heals 😀
Being ridiculous is an incredible way to decompress as you said in your “laughter heals” video too!
Laughter, goofy jokes, uncontrollable giggles, belly laughs, anything that lightens the load is a huge gift to everyone.
You are right — showing up with a huge smile and a “Good morning” or “How’re you doing?” is a wonderful way of showing up.
Wishing you the most radiant morning Dayle! I am back on my blog after taking my own advice.. and some breathing space. May you be well today. And all days. WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER. Now more than ever! 🌍💙
I think it’s time for all to belly laugh and learn some belly dancing, for the cat that normally has the house to itself needs entertaining. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=en8V2rkBdl8
Thanks for sharing these helpful tips!
My pleasure Ali 💙
Timely post, and most helpful. I think taking a breather from the news helps too. These are strange times.
Right VJ! Strange times indeed. But man-o-man.. what fruit for our writing. Wishing you good health and all the space to breathe in peace. Today and all days. Especially. xo
It often amazes me how well I know the value of deep breathing, but how often I forget to do this. Maybe that’s why I like singing so much, because I have to breathe deeply when I’m singing. Thanks for the reminder!
I love that you take your breathing space while singing. I can feel the joy in your hear as I type this. Wishing you good health my friend & a whole lot of upbeat tunes. Joy = Resilience 🌍 💙
My husband and I take our dog on two long walks a day. I literally breathe in the blue sky and revel in the sounds of nature. I focus on my sweet little puppy trotting along the path without a care in the world and we always take time to talk (at least 5 feet away 😉) from people we meet along the way.. we share the same concerns, we worry, we laugh and we build a sense of community. These walks are keeping me centered, but it’s my faith in God that gives me strength.
Amen to Faith & Long Walks! Food for our Mind, Body, and Soul.
Thank you Andrea. This is such an important reminder. x
Wishing you a beautiful day amongst the daisies Brigid. I am back on my blog after taking my own advice.. and some breathing space. May you be well today. And all days. WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER. Now more than ever! 🌍 💙
Thank you Andrea. I have been unwell since Sunday, with a number of symptoms including tightness in my lungs. No fever so no test. I have asked for prayers on my other social media and I am feeling the benefits already. I hope you and your loved ones stay well. xx
Oh Brigid. I am so sorry to hear that you aren’t feeling well. The level of your empathy & sensitive combined with real life immunity threats right now must be overwhelming. I will pray today, and always for your health. May you have some kind of resolution soon, in both testing and a clean bill of health. Much love 💙
Thank you Andrea. All the prayers have helped and my breathing is much easier today. I am lucky to have so many great friends, a warm home and plenty of food to eat. So many others are not so lucky. Stay well my friend. xx
Thank you for the update Brigid. And for your forever radiant and generous heart. ☘️🌍💚
Thank you, this was incredibly relevant for me in this particular moment!
I just posted about needing to be able to breathe deeply and relaxedly again, as I’ve been unable to for quite a while because of environmental stress (noise) I couldn’t escape from.
But I can now, with ear plugs and noise-cancelling headphones. You expressed something I’ve really been thinking!
Thanks for reading & sharing your experience with this post and how it applies to your life Robin. My favourite part of blogging. The connection. 🌍💙
Wishing you a day filled good health & long deep breaths..
Thank you! Same for me with our connection through blogging! My days have been more-filled with long deep breaths lately 😊
Oh the breath such a misunderstood and overlooked power of ours. Breathing happens on its own.
It can be short, anxious breaths of fear, long deep breaths of calm or focused slow rhythmic ones.
Most people do not realize the breath controls the nervous system, can dissipate cortisol and adrenaline
The breath can either activate of sympathetic nervous system or the brakes, our parasympathetic nervous system.
Meditation is focus on the breath while letting thoughts and emotions fade.
In some circles people believe the ability to focus on the breath changes how the brain is wired and works
Thank you for once again sharing your incredible wisdom and life experience Marty! I’m back on my blog after taking my own advice.. and some breathing space. May you be well today. And all days. WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER. Now more than ever!
You do such a great job impacting young and old minds alike.
I feel your passion for giving and teaching.
You leave a large wake
That is so close to happiness and a life lived well
Marty! thank you so much for this. Much needed today as I coax & coach my students in my new online classroom. Can you feel my smile.. you just made my day! Thank you 🙏💙
Focus in the giving and gratitude.
Gratitude for the opportunity to be a light, a calming force. You lead by example, by living in the moment, accepting the challenge.
They watch how you deal with your fear
Anxious people are drawn to the calm, the strength.
We need not be perfect just do our best and have gratitude for our effort.
Actions change things, thoughts move nothing
I love this framework:
“Anxious people are drawn to the calm, the strength.
We need not be perfect just do our best and have gratitude for our effort.”
Thank you Marty 🍃💚
Very helpful reminders Andrea! One that has been working for me is from your collection…
Look up ↑ Breathe ↑ Release
One quick glance to inner peace.
Ahhhh. You are so good to me! Quoting from my “Keep Looking Up” blog post doubles the resiliency. Thank you for this ^ and for being such a vibrant member of my community. Grateful for you, my friend. Today, and always. Hope you are well! xo
Thank you Andrea, we are well and I hope you are too! X
Breathing centers me, certainly, and walking in nature is my go-to for stess reduction. Works like magic!
Yesssss Eliza! For me too.
Simple things on repeat = My favourite stress relievers.
Thank you for sharing this, Andrea! Deep breathing does renew us spiritually. Have a wonderful weekend 😊
Thank you for taking the time to read & participate Syl!
I’m back on my blog after taking my own advice..
and some breathing space.
May you be well today. And all days.
WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER.
Now more than ever!🌍💙
You’re welcome, Andrea! Glad to see you back. Thank you for your encouragement and inspiration.
The world is in need of much healing, love and compassion 🌏💙
beautifully said! When I feel out of sorts, I take a deep breath in and find that inner stillness within…brings me back to peace.xo Thank you for sharing.
My pleasure! Thank you for taking the time to read & comment. I am more grateful than ever to have you in my writing community. Hope you and your family are doing well my friend, xo
We’re doing well. Thank you for asking. 🦋🥰
I will give these techniques a try.
Hello Drew! checking in to see how the breathing exercises from my psychology blog are going for you. Needed now more than ever given you live in the epicenter of NYC. Sending you a double dose of feel good healing vibes. Today and Always! Andrea 🌍💙
What brings me peace in these times is knowing that everything really is okay.
Also, every time I hear the word “breath” or “breathe,” it makes me want to take a deep breath ❤
I am the same way Dr. G! And let this note me today’s reminder to B R E A T H E 🍃💚
“Everything will be okay.”
Sending love & light to Florida.
Your Professor Twin,
Dr. D ❤️❤️
Received and returned Dr Twinmazing 👯♀️
Great advice, and so helpful during these times.
Love knowing this message arrived right on time. Taking a long deep breath with you 🍃
A wonderful post, calming just to read it.
Mindfulness and mindful breathing are what gives me strength.
Thank You Rose !
Your calm is reflected back full circle.
Full Circle Equanimity
As an asthmatic, I learned the importance of proper breathing a long time ago. I know just how good it is!
Double important for you Jen. Especially during COVID.
Your story underscores how often our best wellness practices come through the door of health challenges.
Taking a l o n g deeeeep breath with you.
Breathing indicates life…
deep breathing is good life…
Calms the mind…relaxes the body…
can be done anywhere anytime…
Stay blessed Dr. Andrea 🙏🌹🙏
I love the part about posture & breathing.Thank you for reading the post & watching the breathing video Krish. I always appreciate your fresh perspective.
It works!!! & has saved many an anxiety attack.
Thank you for watching the video and reading the blog! Love knowing it works in your life too. Especially now. B r e a t h i n g space is sometimes the only saving grace we need.
Thank you for this beautiful reminder to breathe. Simple yet so wonderfully healing. Lauren🙏