Merry Christmas Eve!
In all of the holiday hustle & bustle, I imagine a few of us are feeling a LITTLE bit of stress right now. (I know I am!). I’m sure you’ve heard a bazillion times that you should BREATHE when you’re stressed. (Guess what my One Word is for 2016? And is it wrong to have more than one One Word? )
But did you know that if you’re doing it the wrong way, you could actually be causing yourself more problems? I was hanging out at the library with the kiddos yesterday, and I ran into a friend who is a yoga instructor. We were talking about breathing techniques, and she taught me a few things.
First of all, sit back in your chair (or lay on the floor), put your hands on your belly and take a deep breath in, and then exhale it out.
Does your belly go in or out when you breathe in? What about when you breathe out?
Here’s the wrong way:
When I breathe in, my belly sucks in. When I breathe out, it puffs up. This is called reverse-breathing.
My friend told me to imagine that your belly is a balloon. When you inhale, the balloon fills up. When you exhale, it deflates.
Were you doing it the right way? Or the reverse way? From what I understand, a large number of people are reverse-breathers!
When you’re stressed, you know you’re supposed to take deep, cleansing breaths. My yoga-friend told me that people who inhale deeply through their mouths are actually overloading their system – which is the opposite of what we want, of course.
Make sure that you are inhaling through your nose. According to her, you can exhale through either your mouth or your nose.
Happy holidays to you and yours, and remember to BREATHE!