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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?

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About the Author Dianne Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels empowers women 50+ to Improve their Mental Health, Boost Self-Confidence, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling & Affirmations. You can learn how to use proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

Dianne is a 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 proudly serves her community as a Registrar of Voters.

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