Keep Calm…and Just Breathe

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aurelius
For the most part, our body takes care of breathing for us, but sometimes we have to take matters into our own hands in difficult situations. We often spend so much time worrying, running our mouths, or freaking out that we forget to take a step back and just breathe.

How do we do it? How do we focus on breathing in times where we feel like the world is ending or like we’re running an endless marathon? It’s difficult, but there are ways. Right now, I’m feeling like I’m in one of those moments where I need to take a step back and breathe. Here are a couple of things to do:

  1. Literally take a deep breath of fresh air. Breathe deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth. Repeat a couple of times until you feel centered.
  2. Cry it out. Tears aren’t always a bad thing and they can be a cathartic release.
  3. Talk. Use your support systems to get what’s on your chest off it.
  4. Find what calms you down. Is it lighting your favorite scented candle? Taking a bath? Listening to your favorite song in a quite space? Find it and do it.
  5. Stay hydrated and treat yourself. Water is essential in times of crisis so your body doesn’t shut down from deprivation of an important resource. A treat is just an added bonus that could put a smile on your face and ease your mind for the moment so you can get back on track.
  6. Meditate. Get your breathing back on track and get focused.
  7. Get distracted. Do something you love whether it’s watching your favorite movies with a pint of ice cream or whip out the arts and crafts.

What do you do to keep calm and carry on? Remember to focus, breathe, and know that everything will be alright. πŸ’†πŸ»

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