I'm convinced that as a culture we don't breathe. I should begin each therapy session with a deep cleansing breath, but I, too, forget to breathe throughout the day. A majority of my appointments involve me stopping a client mid-thought to remind her to pause and breathe. The response is always the same: at first there is some hesitancy and slight embarrassment that I've caught her powering through her day without much room for air, and then there is the sigh of relief that comes from taking in the much needed breath. I wonder how much better our country would be if everyone stopped to breathe every now and then. On a microlevel, how much better would our families be if we paused to breathe throughout the day?
It's easy to neglect breathing because it comes so naturally. We tend to only notice it when it takes effort. Breathing is one of the simplest, yet most important actions of our day. It brings the oxygen to help us function and the rhythm to move us through the day. Don't allow your day to be thrown off by holding your breath and throwing off your natural rhythm.
A good way to connect with your breath is to practice a quick one-minute meditation. Meditation allows you to physically and mentally create space for you to approach the day how you would like to, rather than living in a reactionary state.
Take a moment each hour, or when you recognize that you are holding your breath, to get in touch with your breath and reclaim your rhythm.