SelfCare Tip: Deep Breathing
Your brain does not know the difference between physical or emotional pain (wild, huh). Mindful deep breathing techniques allows the brain to regulate your body’s natural chemical response to stress and emotions.
Each emotion has a natural breathing pattern that accompanies it.
Anger (micro-aggressions can cause this)-Long hard breaths
Panic (seeing an nypd officer)- Fast, short, shallow breaths
Calmness - Slow steady breaths
Happiness - Long inhalations, long exhalations
Start this practice with a Body Scan.
Body scanning makes you aware of internal tension.
Close your eyes and breath in through your nose and out of your mouth. As you breathe focus on every part of the body from your head to your toes scanning the body for any tension. If you find an area that is sore breathe in deeply into that spot and release with an open mouth exhale.