2 Minute Breathing & Visualization Exercise
In our fast-paced, technology saturated world, health and well-being is a challenge. The stressors of everyday life, coupled with growing societal demands, endless expectations to do it all, have it all and look good in the midst of it all, can wreak havoc on the best of us.
Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, obesity and diabetes not to mention depression, headaches, digestive problems, sleep problems, weight gain, as well as memory and concentration impairment.
Both Harvard and Stanford Universities found health issues from job stress alone cause more deaths than diabetes, Alzheimer's, or influenza. Stress is not only the new norm, but the new epidemic. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), stress has been classified as the health epidemic of the 21 century. And according to The American Institute of Stress, 77% of people regularly experience physical symptoms & 73% regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress.
The first step in the pursuit of health and well-being not only consists of reversing the effects of stress, but also learning to manage it. Depending on your preference, there is an endless supply of resources and therapies to help deal with stress from yoga and meditation to acupuncture and sound therapies.
One simple technique that I do on a daily basis is Grounding. It only takes a few minutes and can be done anywhere.
Take a few, very slow, deep breaths, breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Feel your feet on the ground and imagine roots growing out of the bottom of your feet. Visualize the roots spreading out in all directions, growing deep into the ground. Continue to breath deeply for another minute, holding the imagine in your mind of your roots supported strongly by the Earth.
This short visualization and breathing exercise lowers your heart rate, oxygenates your body and allows you a moment to readjust your perspective on the situation at hand. It may seem simple, but taking ownership of your emotions, body and life doesn't have to be complicated.
The more rooted we are in ourselves, the higher we can grow.