Shallow breathing!

Mind Chirp


While incorporating mindful meditation into your daily life has immense benefits, it is essential sustain your relaxation techniques after a session and throughout your day. I was feeling extremely restless and apprehensive this afternoon yet I could not exactly say why. I mean, I knew of the different things giving me stress but I could not pinpoint why today I felt overly anxious. Then I stopped for a moment, in a state of feeling overwhelmed, and tried to exercise awareness. What I noticed was that I had been inadvertently working myself up through improper breathing. Each breath drawn was shallower than the last and this had been causing a whole lot of unnecessary tension. I noticed this physically when I finally took a deep breath and immediately felt the difference. You try!…take a deep breath and see if you feel different after.

I sat down for ten minutes and simply…

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3 Ways to Take Care of Yourself

The Midnight Station


Taking care of ourselves is highly undervalued. Perhaps we do not measure it as important against the visions we have of our future selves or perhaps we somehow perceive it as selfish and shallow. But taking care of ourselves is instrumental to anything we want out of life, because our success ultimately comes down to us, the health of our mind and body. Here are three ways to help us take better care of ourselves:

1. Take your own advice

How many times have we given our best advice to a friend or acquaintance but blatantly ignored it when we find ourselves in the same situation? Those of us who are guilty need to stop. Why do we have different rules for ourselves? We need to start seeing ourselves as worthy of happiness, love and strength. Give yourself some credit and let yourself have the best chance.

2. Sleep well

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Worried that you worry too much? Everyone worries or gets scared sometimes. But feeling extremely worried or afraid much of the time, or repeatedly feel panicky, may be signs of an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders include panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. They are among the most common mental illnesses, affecting roughly 40 million American adults. A person has an anxiety disorder if she or he has persistent worry for more days than not, for at least several months. Some people with anxiety feel they have always been worriers, even since childhood or adolescence. In other people, anxiety comes on suddenly, triggered by a crisis or a period of stress, such as the loss of a job, a family illness, the death of a relative, or other tragedy.

Numerous therapies can help control anxiety. These include psychotherapy and medication, ideally supported by good nutrition, sleep, and regular exercise. People who are anxious tend to reach for unhealthy “comfort” food—and then worry about it. Or they completely avoid food, skipping meals or even fasting—and worry that something is wrong, such as an undiagnosed cancer. Healthy eating can avoid these anxiety triggers.

Not getting enough sleep can boost a person’s anxiety level. On the flip side, getting enough sleep can help control stress and anxiety. So can getting regular exercise—aim for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise five days a week.

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