This is the first in a series that Auri’An is writing for her local newspaper – “Coral Sea Sun”
Maybe today was a bad day. Maybe the kids wouldn’t stop fighting, the dog threw up on the couch, and the washing machine flooded the kitchen. Maybe today was a day you really just wanted to go back to bed and wish it would all go away. Maybe today you just wanted to curl up in a ball and cry.
We all have those days. I’m sure you recognise that, even if your bad stuff is different. That feeling of being overwhelmed, of everyone looking to you to sort it out but seeming to not care that you just don’t want to do it any more. That you need a break.
There are many ways that help you deal with it, get through it, and actually come out the other end still sane, and over the next few issues I’ll start to help you through some of these ways. There’s nothing really hard, or flash or fancy about it. You don’t need to buy heaps of self-help books; you just need to know that you need some help and be determined to once again find your happy self.
One of the very easiest ways to get through this type of day – those days where everything seems to go wrong – is something that you have been doing most of your life, well, all your life actually – breathe.
But not just simply breathing in air and letting it escape again, you need to do this consciously:
You stop whatever you are doing.
You let your shoulders relax.
Close your eyes.
Take a deep breath in and then just sort of huff it out in one big, noisy swoosh.
Then, take another breath. This time suck in as much air as you can. Feel your chest expanding, your shoulders lifting and when you think you can’t take in any more – do just that…. Another little bit of air. You can do it….
Then, as slowly as you can let it out. And when you think you’ve fully breathed out – go some more! You’ll feel your shoulders pressing down, your tummy pushing upwards to squish your lungs.
You’ll automatically take another deep breath – let this one out with a swoosh again and then you just get on with whatever you had to do.
There’s many things that happen in the body when you take a couple of deep breaths, but there’s not really enough room to go through them here, but basically you are giving your body time to adjust and settle down from the Fight or Flight response all those overwhelming things put you into.
I’ll tell you more about Fight or Flight next week.
Auri’An Lay lives in Cardwell, Queensland and is the Founder of Ki’An Healing and Helping You. She is a Meditation Therapist and Holistic Counsellor, Spiritual Teacher/Healer, Energy Healer, Belly Dance teacher…….