Just breathe!

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This has been a long week. On Wednesday, I thought I just might explode.

How many times a day do you feel like banging your head against the wall?

Are you familiar with the tense gut and paralyzed rabbit-in-headlights feeling when your to do list has gotten longer than the hours in the day?

Do you have meetings with people who wind you up so tight you might just explode like a bowl of soup in the microwave?

Or maybe there is a time of day you become like a cranky new born, feeling the need to howl at whoever happens to be around for no apparent reason.

We all need release.  Most of us tend to withhold it from ourselves during our work day.  But the truth is, like a pressure cooker, the longer you bottle it up and let it steep, the more powerful the explosion when the lid comes off!!

I admire people who do yoga. I know it would probably do wonders for me.  The same goes for meditation.  I’ve gotten further a long with that because, after all, I’m good with sitting quietly. But neither meditation nor yoga is for the lazy man or woman. And I will be the first to admit that I am indeed a very lazy girl when I’m not working.

But the principles of yoga and meditation are simple ones that you can put into action anywhere at any time. They can help you get yourself out of flight or flight mode, or any particular mode you feel stuck in.  Awareness is the first step to changing outcomes. Being aware of your physical tensions and of your breathing, are a good step towards being able to release pressure.

30 seconds, one minute of focus on your body and your breath can do amazing things. Longer is even better, but until you know how powerful it can be, just try it for a few seconds.

Close your eyes and become aware of the tensions in your body and your breathing. Slow it down. Listen to your body. Are your shoulders tense? Relax them. Is your belly taut and anxious? Just breathe.  Relax your body and breathe.

It won’t solve all your problems. It won’t change what’s waiting for you in the world.  But it will allow you, however briefly, to come back to yourself and remember your needs. If you were angry or frustrated before you started, you have an opportunity now to shift gears to a more positive emotion.  It takes a different frame of mind so you can focus on problem solving, not on having problems to solve.