Two Minutes to Eliminate Stress

Two Minutes to Eliminate Stress

We’ve all had those days when we’re so busy that we don’t see how we’ll get everything done in a day. I had one of those moments last week. I had a couple of training presentations to complete and a presentation to prepare. I had it all handled until my wi-fi went down.

We’ve all had our stress situations and the more we start rushing, usually the worse the situation becomes.

Remember the phrase “Just Breathe?” It has a lot of substance. Breathing gives us the best avenue to insert some calm into the situation. With calm comes an increased ability to think more clear, maintain our pleasant personalities (no one likes us when we’re stressed and irritable), and keep our blood pressure at healthy levels.

Try alternate nostril breathing.  Here’s how it works:

  1. Close the right nostril with your right thumb and inhale through the left nostril. Do this to the count of four seconds.
  2. Immediately close the left nostril with your right ring finger and little finger, and at the same time remove your thumb from the right nostril, and exhale through this nostril. Do this to the count of eight seconds. This completes a half round.
  3. Inhale through the right nostril to the count of four seconds. Close the right nostril with your right them and exhale through the left nostril to the count of eight seconds. This completes one full round.

Start by doing three rounds, adding one round per week until you are doing seven rounds.

Alternate nostril breathing helps with focus and inserts some calm. Many times that’s all we need to get through some wackiness.

Directions courtesy of www.HolisticOnline.com