Waiting to Exhale
Few can deny how relaxing a massage can be, but we often don’t have time (or $) for such a luxury. One thing you can do to nearly instantly change your mood is to control your breathing.
When I was in high school I developed a stress disorder call TMJ (short for temporomandibular joint). Read more about TMJ here. In response to stress I would clench my jaw so tightly at night as I slept I started getting chronic tension headaches during the day. It took a while to diagnose because I didn’t even realize I was doing it each night. In addition to getting a mouth guard made by a dentist I also participated in biofeedback sessions that taught me that by simply breathing deeply and being more mind-body aware I could loosen my muscles and get a handle on my stress. It was during this time I first read about aromatherapy too and how essential oils like lavender can have a profound calming effect.
The other day I came across this article on mindbodygreen.com called 3 Breathing Exercises to Uplift Your Mood. The author, Julie Wilcox, describes how to do simple 3 breathing techniques often used in yoga to relax, lift your mood or boost energy. Follow this link to try them for yourself.
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