Breathing deeply helps me release tension.

When I breathe in fresh air, I envision strength entering my body. Peace travels through me, filling up my lungs. Serenity reigns in my body and my thoughts.

With every breath I exhale, I envision tension dissolving. Any circumstances that seem insurmountable become like sand in my hands when I focus on taking slow, deep breaths. I blow away my troubles and inhale the power to face challenges.

The deeper I breathe, the calmer I become. As air enters my brain, it enables me to think clearly. Fresh air dissipates the fog that sometimes clouds my thoughts. My ability to make informed, responsible decisions is restored when I take time to calm my emotions and clear my mind.

I focus on the rhythm of my breathing to find inner peace. I close my eyes and inhale as deeply as I can. I fill my diaphragm with air first, and then I allow my lungs to expand until my chest begins to rise. Then, I slowly release that air through my nose.

The sound of the air exiting my body is in sync with the beat of my heart, making a beautiful melody of oneness. I feel connected at a deeper level when I focus on my breathing because deep breaths are nature's stress-reliever.

Today, I choose to stay aware of my breathing patterns. I replace short, shallow breaths with long, deep ones. Each inhalation increases airflow to my brain and body. And this invites calmness into my whole self. My entire day improves when I breathe deeply.

Self-Reflection Questions:

1.How does breathing empower me against stress?
2.Why is it necessary to take slow, deep breaths using my diaphragm?
3.How do I feel when I take a break to focus on my breathing?

About the Author Dianne Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 50+ to Amplify their Self-Confidence, Deepen their Self-Knowledge, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling, Affirmations, and Assessments.

You can learn how to use these time-tested proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

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