I am in the midst of complete chaos.
This stress can really mess with my dream of eating only when I am hungry, eating foods which give me energy and loving myself when I look into the mirror. I had to find a way to get through this without turning to my old comfort foods: cookies, ice cream and candy.
I began to work with some deep breathing exercises. It seems to be working. I slow everything down, feel my feelings of stress and breathe my way through it all.
MHA has some great suggestions on Managing Life’s Pressures on their website Mental Health America. One of their de-stressing suggestions is a deep breathing exercise. I stumbled upon it by accident and have been using it all week. This is their advice:
De-Stress Through Deep Breathing
Deep breathing is a great way to de-stress. It actually changes your brain’s chemical balance to calm you down.
Here’s how to do it:
- Lie down or sit on the floor or in a chair.
- Rest your hands on your stomach.
- Slowly count to four and inhale through your nose. Feel your stomach rise. Hold it for a second.
- Slowly count to four while you exhale through your mouth. To control how fast you exhale, purse your lips like you’re going to whistle. Your stomach will slowly fall.
- Do this a few times.
It looks like I will be doing a lot of deep breathing while I ride this wave of my life. How are you handling your life stresses?
Just remember to keep on swimming – and breathing!
Veronica completed two big dreams on 8 Women Dream and left the group in December 2010 an accomplished dreamer.