Breathing is something that is both autonomic and controllable. Our breath can help to stabilize our nervous system, either slowing down (anxiety, racing thoughts) or energizing (numbness, fatigue) our bodies.
You are probably sitting down as you read this. Begin to notice your awareness. Are you focusing on these words? Is your mind wandering? Take a moment and shift that awareness towards your breath. As you breathe, lengthen and straighten your spine. Feel the length of your spine from the base of your head down to your tailbone. Notice your weight in the chair. Breath and elongateyour spine, stretching your arms overhead. Inhale as you stretch and exhale as you lower your arms. Keep breathing and stretching, breathing into the stretch. Visualize the air invigorating your soul as you inhale and exhale all the stress, fatigue, weariness. Continue for a few breaths. Gently hug yourself and end with a moment of positive self-talk (“I’ve got this,” “I am okay.” ” I am awesome.”)
Take a pause and return to the moment. Stretch out any muscles that are asking for your attention.