by Roland King
Brief musings on an oft-used cliche for Fall Rising Stars prompt
|Most often used as a cliche to comfort the stressed, the saying "just breathe" comes incredibly quickly to most people's lips. Many people blow it off. In fact, some people even look upon it as a mechanical saying that most people don't mean. I, however, ALWAYS mean it.
Why do I mean it? Because it truly is a soothing concept and put into practice it actually can help you. As the University of Michigan states:
“This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends this message to your body. Those things that happen when you are stressed, such as increased heart rate, fast breathing, and high blood pressure, all decrease as you breathe deeply to relax.”
See? Breathing literally actually has biological benefits. It will change how your brain works and how your body manages stress in any given situation. There is a reason that yoga masters teach not only the stretches and exercise of the body, but also the art of yogic breathing. It helps the body and is an integral part of meditation.
I speak from experience as well. In all honesty I am a ball of stress most of the time and often have to be reminded to just breathe. Multiple people in my life tell me to do this and every time I make sure to listen because I know not only are they right, but they are looking out for my health.
“Just breathe” may seem like an insensitive response from someone who is just making some offhand remark, but that simple breath in and breath out, even if that is all you do, can make all the difference.
So take a moment, just breathe, in and out, and give yourself a moment that truly is just that: a moment to yourself.