I sat down to write a list of self care ideas for myself, because a doctor, a nurse, a therapist and several friends told me to chill out, calm down and take a breath.
Since maybe there are one or two other people out there that suck at self care, I thought I'd share my list. Coming at you every Sunday, right here on the blog.
So....Soothing Sunday #1. Breathe.
Yeah, so simple we do it automatically; so important it can kill us if we don't do it. And so easy to do wrong.
Place your hand just below your collar bone and take a breath. Did your hand rise?
Place your hand flat against your belly button and take a breath. Did your hand rise then?
Well, if we are breathing in a relaxed way, our hand should NOT rise when placed on our chest. Our breaths should be originating in our bellies (diaphragm). I tend to hold my breath, or breath shallowly, but both of those exacerbate stress and anxiety, not to mention the knots in my shoulders.
So, this coming week, I want you to check in with your breath. See where it's coming from. If you start feeling frazzled and looking a bit like Elmo. Watch the "Belly Breathe" song on Sesame Street and breathe along. :)