Feeling overwhelmed or worried? Breathe …, and experience the calmness and release of tension. The simple act of breathing can slow us down physically and mentally and allow us to be more present in this moment.
Meditation becomes as simple as following the breath; a form of mindfulness.
Mindful breathing can be done quickly and easily and offers positive physiologic and behavioral benefits. Benefits include decreased blood pressure, decreased stress, relief of tension (emotional and physical,) improve memory, focus and attention, improved mood, increased immune response, improved relationships, increased empathy and compassion.According to the American Psychological Association, 75% of people regularly experience physical symptoms of stress. Mindfulness meditation, breathing and other forms of relaxation can elicit the relaxation response and decrease symptoms of stress.
One study concluded that carrying out a simple mindful breathing meditation for an average of only 10 minutes per day for a period of 16-weeks improved neural functioning that is indicative of improved focused attention. Just Breath ….
Remember, in this face-paced world of high technology it is important to take time for yourself, slow down and enjoy life more.
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Best in health, Karen
Karen Pischke BSN, RN, CCRN Alumnus, Author, Speaker, Nurse Researcher, Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness LLC. Your Bridge to Health. Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit. Karen is a registered nurse with a background in critical care nursing, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac risk factor reduction, wellness and integrative healthcare. Incorporating a collaborative, integrative approach, Karen strives to educate and provide evidence-based services and self-care tools that are safe as well as effective at improving health, happiness and wellbeing. www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Instagram and Facebook
Sources and More Information:
- APA Journal Psychotherapy. What are the Benefits of Meditation: A Practice Review of Psychotherapy-Related Research. Davis, D. and Hayes. July/August 2012, Vol 48, No.2., 198 – 208
- American Psychological Association (2017). Stress in America: The State of Our Nation. Stress in America TM Survey.
- Frontiers in Neuroscience. Regular, brief mindfulness meditation practice improves electrophysiological markers of attentional control. Moore, A. et al. February 10, 2012.