We’ve been told that deep breathing is good for just about everything; the heart, the brain, digestion and the immune system. It’s kind of amazing that something as simple as slow, deep concentrated breathing can make this kind of difference. Well, I also believe that it can be an instrumental tool in getting organized.
In organizing, emotion can be a huge factor with the discernment of our stuff. For many, getting rid of things can bring about alot of angst. When we get caught up in that part of our brain(the amygdala), it is rather difficult to make sound decisions or any decision! Deep breathing which most of us do not use as a regular practice is extremely helpful in this situation. One of the biggest reasons is the improved oxygen supply which every single cell in our body needs as fuel. The slow, deep breathing allows for calming our nerves which allows the muscles to naturally follow. Therapeutic breathing interrupts the stress response. Once that breath or two or three or more is taken, decision making is easier and of higher quality. When we’re mindful of our breathing, we can let go of the other thoughts that weren’t constructive.
What is the proper technique for deep breathing? According to pyschologytoday.com, deep breathing should be done as follows;
Inhale through your nose for a count of 4
Exhale through your nose for a count of 6
Repeat 6 times
Sounds simple, right? The best part is that this will work for anything. Got a cranky toddler, practice your breathing. Your teen is driving you nuts, breathe deeply. Your spouse’s clutter is pushing you over the edge, this would be a good time to breathe slow and deep. There is no cost for slow, deep breathing, it’s absolutely FREE! What have you got to lose by trying it the next time you open the pantry and everything falls out on your feet?
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