This Breathing Technique Helps Me Feel Centered When I’m Stressed Out

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Stress has a way of snowballing. It’s important to remember that while you can’t always control what happens around you, you can control how you react to it. If you’re a chronic worrier like me, this can be easier said than done. Missing my morning alarm clock turned into rushing out the door, which turned into forgetting my laptop, which turned into splurging on an “I’m-having-a-rough-morning-so-I-need-this” latte on the way to work, which turned into scolding myself for said latte… you get the picture.

When you’re starting to get overwhelmed, pause and take a breath. In fact, take several deep breaths and try out this alternate nostril breathing technique from Erin Huggins. It’s an ancient healing arts and ayurvedic technique that helps you calm down and feel centered.

Breathing techniques like this can anchor you in the present, making you physically aware of your body — and getting you out of your head. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in what is going wrong or what could go wrong that we do damage to ourselves in the process. Take time to slow down. Once you’re in a calmer space, you’ll feel better prepared to tackle whatever issues you’re dealing with.

Did this breathing exercise work for you? What else do you do to de-stress?

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C. Kramer is back in the Mitten State after a brief residency in the Sunshine State. She has an adorable dog-child, and enjoys reading, writing, going to the theatre, and finding pins on Pinterest. Her mother is a breast cancer survivor.