Today is the third day of my challenge, and we're finally getting to some instruction.
Breathing, as everyone knows, is the most important thing you do day in and day out. Today, Declutter Your Mind informed me that there are ways to use breathing to your advantage mentally. The type of breathing I did today, and will continue to do throughout the month apparently can help boost your immune system (which, as we all know, I need), can help digestion, can regulate weight, and can help the anxiety side of the brain. These are all things that I'm pretty intrigued by.
As I'm sure the people close to me know, I have an incredibly sensitive body. What I mean by that is that I will catch whatever cold, flu or otherwise every. single. time. it's going around. This semester, I'm taking steps to prevent that by basically overdosing on vitamin C (since I can't eat oranges, I have to take the tablets). If this breathing thing can add to my prevention, more power to it. Digestion is important to me too, as if I eat one wrong thing I could end up feeling bad for the entire afternoon. I've learned what I can eat and what I can't over the years, but maybe this will help even further. Weight regulation is also intriguing to me, because there are weeks when I have so much going on, I can't get to the gym. Because of my past with harsh diet restriction and exercising, I feel awful about myself if I can't make it. That's something I've been working on within myself, and if this book really helps feelings of anxiety, maybe I can get rid of even more, but no one is against weight regulation, right?
So what is this breathing thing I've been talking about?
Basically, you sit in a chair, feet flat on the floor (or in a meditation position) and breathe in for four counts, hold for two, breathe out for four, hold for two, repeat.
Early this afternoon (not long after I woke up, not gonna lie to you on that one), I gave it a try for five minutes, and let me tell you, I was tired.
From here on out, this is probably going to be something I do at the poles of my day, right before bed and right when I wake up. I feel like if I haven't done much-- this morning I ate breakfast and showered before trying this out-- it'll be more rejuvenating than tiring.
That being said, this is the first thing (other than knowledge from the first chapter, I guess) that I'll be applying throughout the month. The story part of my blog posts will probably start and end with that from here on out.
Here's what I did today:
Ben woke up in the earliest hours of the morning and brought me right along with him. After finally falling back asleep around 5, we got a few more hours of sleep (I'm so tired, have I mentioned that yet?) I re-woke up around 10:30 or 11 and made breakfast for Ben and myself. After a shower, a basic skincare routine, and drying my hair, I started my day. I feel like if any of that sequence of events were to have an effect on my mental health, it'll be a positive one.
I went through and set up my February calendar, and I have a heck of a lot of stuff due in the next two weeks. On Monday alone I have at least five things due... big things. That's stressing me out beyond belief, but doing the breathing technique right after setting that up definitely helped.
The rest of the day was uneventful, and un-stressful. I'm not sure if I'll use the technique before I go to bed because I'm so tired, I don't even know if I need it.
Chapter 3 tomorrow: meditation.