Change Your Breath, Change Your Life
On the eve of our first week in lockdown, I know that we are all experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions – oscillating between feelings of uncertainty and panic, feeling overwhelmed by the media, and trying to keep a semblance of structure in our homes and with our kids. While the whole world focuses primarily on our physical health, it’s also really important to look after our mental health, starting with our elevated anxiety levels.
One simple and accessible way to bring down your anxiety levels is to focus on our breathing. Lucas, a yoga teacher, explains three breathing techniques in an engaging, clear and concise way. You don’t have to know the history or technical terminology, just the knowledge in a clear digestible form.
So my challenge is to use ‘water’ breathing when you need balance, and ‘whiskey’ breathing when trying to fall asleep (or fall back to sleep) – make it a key part of your lockdown routine. Do it whenever you feel a jolt of panic or adrenalin and feel the immediate calming benefits. Keep well and stay safe.