How to cultivate calm in stressful times with an ancient spiritual tool.Jan 03, 2023
Navigating Life’s constant change, everyday uncertainties and social landscapes is a lot.
And some days, it feels like you’re caught in a vicious cycle of stress → overwhelm → burnout.
Once you’ve entered the cycle of overwhelm, your nervous system shifts into a sympathetic response. And in this fight, flight or freeze state, it becomes hard to respond to your external environment in ways that support your higher self.
But it is possible to not be so rattled in life's stressful situations. To connect with peace in the present moment, and to respond differently than you typically would in stressful moments. To keep calm and not lose your sh*t.
Your own typical response to stress and path to embodied potential is unique to your enneagram type, but all types can create more calm and navigate stress better by learning to acti deepen their relationship to the present moment.
Thankfully, there is a potent tool that grounds you into your body, settles the swirls of thought in the mind, and enables you to attune your inner wisdom. *it’s also free and yours to tap into at any moment you consciously choose to*
Science confirms that the yogic practice of pranayama -- or breathwork -- is a simple and potent tool that can immediately start improving your well-being and ground you into the present moment.
The best news? It only takes a handful of minutes everyday to start to shift your reactions from coming from a place of calm, instead of a place of stress. Here's a simple but effective practice you can start integrating today to start embodying your most aligned and connected self.
- Box Breath or Sama Vritti Pranayama: Start by taking a cleansing breath in through the nose, and out through the nose. On your next inhale, breath in for the count of four, hold at the top of the inhale for four, exhale through the nose for four, and hold on empty for four. Repeat as many times as needed.
All types can benefit from box breathing, and it's a simple and potent tool to calm the mind, connect with the heart, and ground into the present moment. After just a week of integrating box breath into your daily ritual, you’ll feel more peace, calm and clarity.
I believe that showing up for yourself doesn't have to be hard and that consistency is the key to sustainable growth. Five minutes a day is all it takes to feel transformative impacts on your well-being.
Try my favourite mindfulness practice for increased mental, physical, and emotional well-being.