During a time like this, it can be very easy to want to panic, and more than likely have a great deal of anxiety. However, what happens when instead of running from this feeling we sit with it? Ask yourself, “How do I feel?” Then give yourself time to actually answer. Think about the words and feelings that arise at this moment. Whether you feel fine, great or not so great, this is the perfect time to check in with yourself and recognize, validate and FEEL those feelings. Maybe if we sit with the fear of the unknown instead of distracting ourselves from it we will understand it better.
My challenge to you:
Once a day practice deep breathing for 10 minutes structured as followed:
- Inhale through the nose for 3-5 seconds.
- Hold the breath for 3-4 seconds.
- Exhale SLOWLY through the mouth for 5-7 seconds.
- Hold after the exhale for 3-4 seconds.
- Repeat for ten minutes.
You will be AMAZED at how much this will help you. It will stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system and take you out of a state of fight or flight. Doing this daily will lower blood pressure and cortisol levels significantly.