Breathing through labor is the best action to focus on because of its calming results. Even through life events, especially stressful ones, stopping to focus on your breathing can help you cope with any situation. Why?
You have been breathing all your life. It’s a natural life giving process our bodies do 24/7 and yet we take it for granted. It can tell us so much about our emotional state and our heath.
We can use our breath to calm ourselves and it’s the gateway to relaxation with the potential to lead us deeper into a state of self-meditation just by focusing on our breath.
- naturally, it is life giving
- it happens with or without conscious effort. It doesn’t depend on us to happen. It’s just there
- it’s always available
- it serves as a natural focus
- it’s a sensitive monitor of our emotional state, health, stress, and well-being
- it serves as an “anchor”. Paying attention to our breath helps to “let go” of tension and emotional turmoil
- it calms/relaxes the body
- ensures oxygenation to cells and tissues in our body
- it helps our brain function properly
Without our ability to breathe, obviously we wouldn’t be alive. But being able to breathe and use it as a “tool” to decrease any stress in our lives is monumental. It is so easy to use and yet it’s not trusted as a “tool” to decrease pain or stress, release tensions and soothe emotions. It does all of this.
Focusing on breathing during labor shifts attention from contractions to breathing. This changes perceptions of “pain” , decreases tension, creates relaxation in the body, and a calm state of mind.
Using breathing as a method to reduce stress throughout your life, for any stressful event, helps maintain mental clarity – a better state of mind to respond with as compared to emotionally reacting.
Trust your breathing. Befriend it as a “tool” when you need it. Pay attention to what it tells you – are you breathing rapid, slow, hurried, rushed? Are you anxious, tense, nervous, calm, your breath will tell you.
Need to calm down?
- become consciously aware of your breath
- slow you breathing down
- focus on how your breathe, the inhale enters your body and how you exhale it
- pay attention to how it feels
- focus on its rhythmic motion as you breathe in and out
- getting bored?
- keep doing it
Feel instant calm , anywhere and anytime, no matter the situation.