This is the eighth piece in an ongoing series on topics relating to how we cope personally and collectively in the midst of this health crisis. For questions, topic suggestions, resources, or other, please feel free to reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Today is Friday and for most of us, it is the end of the first full week of work from home and social distancing. I want to focus on something very simple and too often over looked: breathing. As often as you need, take time to be intentional with your breathing. This allows your body to process the physical impact of stress. One of the easiest breathing practices for this is Triangle Breathing. We will inhale for a count of 4, hold for a count of 4, and then exhale for a count of 8. Continue at least three rounds, or as much as needed.
Extending our exhale triggers our parasympathetic nervous system, which slows our heart rate and allows the body to ease the production of stress hormones. You can combine this breathing with a mindfulness practice, visualization of tranquil scenes, or focus on a soothing word like peace or calm.
Be well. Stay resilient.