Today’s technique relieves stress in nearly any situation and can be used at any time.
Sit in a comfortable position, somewhere that your spine can sit upright.
Take a moment and check in on how you are feeling.
You are going to sigh – a total of three times. You want to start by inhaling and exhaling the first breath with an audible sound. After the first sigh, momentarily stay with the pause at the end.
You are not holding your breath; you are simply noticing the space at the end of the sigh.
Think of a swing. After it goes up, there is a moment of stillness before it comes back down. That is your breath – and you observing it.
Do this a total of three times, each time staying with the pause a few moments longer, without straining. Check in on your state and let me know what you noticed.
You can use this simple tool anytime you feel stressed.
After doing so, please report back and let me know how it went in the comments below. Did it help with your stress level in the moment? If not, why do you think that was? If you have any questions, please ask.