Sometimes we need reminding more than we need new information. The method I'm about to tell you is something you already know. But I'll bet you don't use it nearly as often as you could. It works almost every time and it only takes a few seconds. You don't even have to stop what you're doing.
method is to take a deep breath. If you're tense, it will help you
relax and feel better. If you're angry it will help you calm down and
feel better. If you already feel fine, a deep breath will make you feel
Here's something you might not know about
deep breaths: When you get tense, you tend to take more shallow breaths,
and your breathing tends to be higher in the chest. And that kind of
breathing tends to make you feel more tense, so it can become a vicious cycle.
course, the cycle can be broken any time by deliberately taking slower,
deeper breaths, and bringing that air down lower toward your abdomen.
Your abdomen should move out when you take a deep breath. This helps
bring new oxygen into the lower parts of your lungs. It will make you
feel better, and it's better for your health too.
to remember this simple practice. Do it often. It makes you feel better
almost every time, you have it with you wherever you need it, and it
will never wear out. While we're thinking about it, why not take a deep
breath right now?
More on deep breaths:
Deep Breathing is Good For Your Health
Using Your Muscles to Relax
Beyond Deep Breaths: Slow Your Body And Mind Quickly
Adam Khan is the author of See Her Smile and co-author with Klassy Evans of What Difference Does It Make?: How the Sexes Differ and What You Can Do About It.