Happy Wellness Wednesday! Dress as warm as you can today folks, it’s a cold one!
Today’s Wellness Wednesday reminder is one that I literally gave myself recently: Remember to breathe.
When was the last time you took a deep inhale & exhale? Today, remember to take some deep breaths. It clears the mind, reduces stress, increases the oxygen levels in your bloodstream, lowers blood pressure, & increases the feeling of inner Peace & calm.
I noticed lately that I have been holding my breath again. Becoming more concious of my body & what it needs to stay healthy, I began to recognize that I hadn’t been deep breathing, you know, those deep belly breaths that push your tummy out while out inhale & shrink it while you exhale. I hadn’t been doing it enough. It was then that I recognized that I’m holding in a lot of stress. Being a single mother, working every day, managing my own business on the side, & staying involved in my community, all while doing my best to be a good sister, daughter, & friend, & make time for myself to explore new ventures & participate in my own personal hobbies, it gets to be a lot to say the least. Running on what feels like “E” I noticed that I’m feeling overwhelmed in some areas of my life. And when that happens, I notice my breaths become shorter & my stomach starts to act up (I used to suffer from GERD, Gastroesophageal Refulx Disease, with severe nausea & bloating). These two signs are telling me that I’m becoming task oriented & something needs to give.
I know many of us are all too familiar with that way of living. It’s not always good way to live life. While it feels good to tick off “DONE” next to tasks on your To-Do lists, where do you fit in on that list? Where are your moments of Peace & calm that you need to stay focused on what’s important & keep balanced?
First things first, Breathe. Today, take a few moments throughout the day to pause & take a deep breath. Start right now with me: Inhale through your nose & feel the air filling your lungs & your tummy expand; hold for 4 seconds, then slowly release through your mouth, pursed lips or a big “ahhhhhhh” sound, it doesn’t really matter, just slowly release.l the breath. Do this up to 5 times. How do you feel? I definitely feel more calm & Peace(ful) vibes putting me into a healthier mental space. I always envision Life, Love, & positive vibes filling my body when I do deep breath exercises. On exhalation, I envision negative vibes, stress, & anxiety being released from every fiber of my being, making more room for the Peace(ful)ness that I need to function on a higher level. This is my favourite way to rebalance myself during the day especially when I’m short on time to pull out my journal or yoga mat to really get into a full practice of releasing tension, stress, & anxiety. It’s easy, effective, & oh so centering!
So with that being said, next, let’s talk. Today being Bell Let’s Talk day that encourages people to talk about their mental health & struggles, feel free to talk to a trusted friend or loved one or even a professional counselor or therapist, to help you stay on track. Sometimes a good venting session is all you need, to get your pent up feelings out & hear them out loud so you know what do with them, if not for the simple act of releasing them from your space.
Talking/venting to yourself is a great way as well to release what’s on your mind. I know it sounds funny but honestly, I make a lot of head-way & clear my inner space when I speak to myself about what I’m going through, opening myself up to positive pep talks & self-loving words that bring me back to my inner Peace.
If you are a spiritual or religious person, prayer is also a great way to get things off your chest. And when I say prayer, I mean talking to Almighty/Creator/Higher Power, or however you identify or acknowledge the Almighty in whichever way you know how & feel comfortable doing, regardless of your religion or spiritiual beliefs.
All in all, remember to Love yourself through it all. You are worthy of it. You deserve to be loved & feel love. Be gentle while you learn & re-learn effective strategies to help you along the way of your Peace(ful) journey. It’s all a process as we grow & become our best selves.
Love yourself & be yourself. Peace & love ❤💫