Tension is something that can sneak up on you gradually or it can happen in a moment. However your tension shows up for you, you can be sure that if you are experiencing tension in your emotional life, you will also experience tension in your physical body. When you are tense, you may notice a number of different symptoms including and not limited to a tightening of your muscles weakening of your limbs, headaches, dizziness, crankiness, depression, an ache or knot in your stomach, or random aches and pains. A common symptom that accompanies tension or stress is that your breathing becomes shallow. You may actually notice that you “forget to breathe”. When you interrupt your natural breathing pattern, you get less oxygen to your brain and flowing through your bloodstream. This is perhaps the biggest contributing factor adding to your stress, because it limits your clear thinking and the fluid movement of your body.
Any time you are in a stressful or tense situation, remind yourself to breathe. Literally, say to yourself, “Breathe”.
As few as three deep belly breaths and exhalations will reduce the tension in your physical body, restore blood flow to your brain, organs and limbs, and serve to relax you back into a calm and aware state of being. Breathing is necessary to life and it is necessary to clear thought.
Consciously breathing through the discomfort will strengthen you, ease you and get you back in the flow of life.
Now, that’s Powerful!