Have you ever had one of those days? You know, when everything seems to go wrong. At first, you pretend that everything is all right. It’s just a couple of things going wrong. You keep on smiling. But as the day progresses, you feel as if a dark cloud is set above you and it is raining heavily upon you. You can even see the lightning striking around you! At some point you feel that you’ve had enough for one day, but the day is far from over. You have still so many things to do, but you feel like exploding right here, right now. How can you deal with a situation like that?
First of all, take a break. Just press pause. If you are surrounded by other people, excuse yourself and go somewhere more private. Stand still and start inhaling through your nose for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four, again through your nose. Repeat for five times. Concentrate on your breathing. Nothing else matters now.
Then put one hand on the chest and the other on the belly and inhale deeply through your nose, making sure your diaphragm (not your chest) inflates with enough air to create a stretch in the lungs. Each time you inhale count to six and as you exhale through your nose, count to six again. Repeat for five or six times. Always concentrate on your breathing. Clear your head from anything else.
This breathing technique really works! You will feel complete calm and really regenerated after that. You will increase your focus and you will calm your nervous system. Think of it as a way to erase everything negative that has happened until that moment and as a chance to start new! Your day is now beginning and you have all the positive energy at your side in order to achieve great things! So, put a big smile on your face and go get them!
This breathing technique is very useful and very effective every time you are feeling extremely stressed, or even enraged. If you are having trouble sleeping at night, practicing this breathing technique can also help you get a sound sleep. Just give it a try and tell me if it works for you as well. I myself have seen great results. It has also helped me with my panic attacks.