We've all been there before. You're feeling overwhelmed at work, your kids are driving you crazy, and you just can't seem to get a break. It feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. But what if we told you that there was a simple way to reduce stress and feel more relaxed? All you need is some mindfulness and a few deep breaths.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of present moment awareness. It's about being in the here and now, instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. When you're feeling stressed, it's easy to get caught up in your thoughts and forget about what's happening around you. But if you can focus on your breathing and the sensations you're feeling in your body, you'll be more present and better able to deal with stressors when they come up.
Mindfulness has become increasingly popular in recent years as more and more people are looking for ways to reduce stress and improve their overall well-being. Studies have shown that mindfulness can help improve sleep, lower blood pressure, boost immunity, and even reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
How to Use Mindfulness and Breathing to Reduce Stress
The next time you're feeling overwhelmed, try this simple mindfulness exercise:
Find a comfortable place to sit, relax your shoulders and face.
Take a deep breath to the count of 4.
Focus on your breath. Feel the air moving in and out of your lungs. Notice how your chest and belly rise.
Pause for a count of 4, concentrate on how it feel to have a full breath.
Breath out for a count of 4.
Pause for a count of 4.
If your mind starts to wander, that's okay! Just gently bring your attention back to your breath.
Continue breathing deeply for 5 minutes.
When you're finished, take a few moments to notice how you're feeling. Are you more relaxed? Less tense? more aware of your surroundings? Just notice whatever changes have occurred, without judging them as good or bad.
Practicing mindfulness can help reduce stress in the moment, and it can also help prevent stress from building up in the first place. So next time you're starting to feel frazzled, take a few minutes for some mindful breathing and see how it makes a difference.
What can I use to make this easier?
You don't need anything to help you with this but it can be much easier with a guide. That's where Luma³ can help.
A beautiful illuminating cube that can take care of all the timings and durations for you. As the light rises and fall with in the sub you follow with your breath.
Find out more about Luma³ and how it can help you to master mindfulness and concious breathing.