In a split second, something that is uncomfortable or difficult can trigger your nervous system into fight-flight-freeze mode. We are wired this way so that we can move quickly and increase our chances for survival if the difficulty is truly a threat. However, even an unkind word, an unpleasant sound, a bit of bad news, or just a thought or memory can trigger this same reaction. While not life threatening, we are still thrown into fear mode. These are the moments when breathing can help. A deep belly breath regulates your nervous system and helps you transition from fear thinking to clear thinking.
In mindful presence,
Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.
Lori Furbush teaches Qigong, Yin Yoga, & Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She weaves MINDFULNESS & RELAXATION into every moment.