My anxiety and OCD has been through the roof lately. Not so much my worrying or checking the doors to make sure they’re locked again and again. But the tension in my shoulders, the habit I’ve recently developed of biting my tongue and chewing my lip. And the inability to concentrate long enough to accomplish much of anything. I’ve been stressed and uptight and on edge. It’s been almost impossible for me to relax. So this week I took a deep breath.
I think I only did it once or twice this whole week. But I did it.
I took a deep breath.
I long, purposeful, cleansing breath. And it helped. It calmed me down for the moment. I could feel the calm creep inside and spread through my muscles and for the briefest moment I felt more peaceful.
Now that I think about it, I should do that more often.
Because it actually worked.
Imagine how beneficial it would be if I spent a few minute every day with my eyes closed, breathing deeply. Now that I think about it, that’s why people meditate. Go figure. I’d take up meditating as a regular activity but that sounds like an overwhelming task. I’m too stressed to spend time relaxing. Dudem what is wrong with me?
Oh yeah, anxiety.
But even if I’m too overwhelmed by the thought of regular meditation, I can at least take a minute and do a few deep breaths every day. I did it a couple times this week, I’ll try to do it a few more times next week, and hopefully that will continue to help me relax.
What do you do to relax?
Have you tried meditation? Any tips? What other things help you calm down when you’re stressed and tense?
And tell me: what were your wins this week? We all have them. No matter how big or small they are, I want to hear about them!