Anxiety, Breath Work, Fitness, Health and Wellness, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Mindset, Personal Development, Perspective, Self-Love

Let’s Breathe!

Your Monthly Breath Session Today’s breath work mantra is: I am.

“… breathing can change your life and lead to real transformation. The way we breathe in response to pain and pleasure, to stress and change, can make all the difference in the world to our health and well-being, our performance at home and at work, and to our loved ones. Breathing is the only system in the body that is both automatic and also under our control. That is not an accident of nature, not a coincidence – it’s an invitation, an opportunity to take part in our own nature and evolution. There are details in the way you breathe that you probably have never observed or explored, and these details are like doorways that can lead to new and profound abilities. The fact is breath work is a major skill set if you want to become a high-performing individual and enhance every aspect of your life.” -Dan Brule

I invite you to take 15-minutes to consciously breathe today. With the session below, when you’re getting ready for bed or while you’re washing dishes. By bringing pure presence to our breath, we have the ability to completely shift our mental, emotional, spiritual and physiological well-being. 

Give it a shot… you won’t regret it. 

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Breath work may not be for you if you have the following conditions:   
  • Pregnancy
  • Detached Retina
  • Glaucoma
  • High blood pressure (not controlled with medication)
  • Cardiovascular disease including angina, previous heart attack or stroke.
  • Diagnosis of aneurysm in the brain or abdomen.
  • Uncontrolled thyroid conditions and diabetes.
  • Asthma – if asthmatic, your inhaler is nearby during the session.
  • Epilepsy
  • Prior diagnosis of biopolar disorder, schizophrenia or previous psychiatric condition
  • Hospitalization for any psychiatric condition or emotional crisis within the last 10 years
  • Any other medical, psychiatric or physical conditions which would impair or affect ability to engage in any activities that involve intense physical and/or emotional release.
  • This list is not all inclusive and it’s generally recommended that if you have a question about a condition you may have that is not listed, that you consult a physician before beginning breathwork. If you have or have had any of the listed conditions, it is strongly recommended you consult a physician before beginning breathwork.
Breath Work Session
Also (shameless plug) – I am now offering 1:1, six-week breath work series. I have three options: stress management, reconnecting with self and healing the inner child. Please check out my website for further details, reach out with questions and sign up here to get started.
Anxiety, Breath Work, Health and Wellness, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Mindset, Overcoming Self Doubt, Perspective, Self-Worth

All you have to do is breathe…

Breath Work Mantra: I am worthy.

If you find yourself needing a few minutes to reconnect to yourself, to feel grounded and to feel empowered, take a few minutes to sit down, quiet down and simply breathe. You’ll be amazed at the shift you feel once you’re done. 

You’re worthy of these 15 minutes.

I am Worthy

Breath work may not be for you if you have the following conditions:   

  • Pregnancy
  • Detached Retina
  • Glaucoma
  • High Blood Pressure (not controlled with medication)
  • Cardiovascular disease including angina, previous heart attack or stroke.
  • Diagnosis of aneurysm in the brain or abdomen
  • Uncontrolled thyroid conditions and diabetes
  • Asthma – if asthmatic, your inhaler nearby during the session.
  • Epilepsy
  • Prior diagnosis of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or previous psychiatric condition.
  • Hospitalization for any psychiatric condition or emotional crisis within the last 10 years.
  • Any other medical, psychiatric or physical conditions which would impair or affect ability to engage in any activities that involve intense physical and/or emotional release.
  • This list is not all inclusive and it’s generally recommended that if you have a question about a condition you may have that is not listed, that you consult a physician before beginning breathwork.

If you have or have had any of the listed conditions, it is strongly recommended you consult a physician before beginning breath work.

Anxiety, Breath Work, Health and Wellness, Limiting Beliefs, Overcoming Self Doubt, Therapy

When Anxiety Hits

Some days when I experience a moment of anxiety, I look normal on the outside, but what I’m feeling on the inside is my racing heart, my shallow, stunted breathing, my shaking hands, my flushed skin, a slight twitch to my neck and an inability to think and sometimes speak clearly. It was a few years ago when I started to pay attention to the moments when I was most anxious; who am I around? What’s going on around me? What’s the underlying feeling? How can I cope with this if I cannot leave my situation? 
 
Varying levels of anxiety would present intermittently throughout my day or week, however when I started to pay more attention to it and with the help of a professional, I started to identify the limiting belief(s) and feelings underneath the anxiety. When I am anxious these limiting beliefs come up for me:

I am wrong/bad.
I am not enough (good enough, smart enough etc.).   
Something bad is going to happen.

What are the feelings and limiting beliefs underneath your anxiety or feelings of unease? When do you experience anxiety or feelings of instability? If we get curious about our anxiety without judgement or shame, we can discover that there’s some healing to be done. 
 
When I feel anxious, this is how I cope with it:

  • Deep, belly breaths – this helps me shift from the sympathetic (fight or flight) into the parasympathetic nervous system which helps me relax.
  • I say to myself, “this I know to be true…” and then I list all the things.
  • I quickly start jumping or moving (if appropriate to the situation I’m in) – this helps to move the energy. Anxiety is simply energy in our body and by moving, I am able to move the anxiety out of my body in a physical way as opposed to letting it build inside me. 
  • I talk about it with someone I feel safe with, this takes it out of the darkness of my mind and body and shines a light on it. By bringing it into the light, it doesn’t feel so big. 
     

At some point, everyone feels a little unsteady. I hope you consider applying the above tips to help you stabilize and ground yourself when you are feeling overwhelmed by your emotions. 
 
All of your emotions are a clue for exploration. Your emotions can show you that there’s healing to be done. I encourage you to face your anxiety as opposed to turning your back to it; the only way to heal is through. 

I will also say this, if you are emotionally or mentally suffering, please reach out, to me, to a mental health professional or to your doctor. You are not alone. You do not deserve to suffer alone and there are people out there that want to help. 

You are stronger than you think, and sometimes the first step is reaching out. I’m here if you need to talk.