There is an exercise along with a writing, and be encouraged to do the exercise. What are you are thinking about that concerns or worries you right now in this moment? A job? Your school? A person? A test on your knowledge? Think of that thing you can’t get rid of the past few days and…
…breath a really deep breath in. Say “One” in your mind.
Breath out all of the air in your lungs. Say “Two”.
Breath a really deep breath in. Say “Three” in your mind.
Breath out all of the air. Say “Four”.
Take a really deep breath in. Say “Five” in your mind.
Breath out that stressful thing you have been thinking about. Say “Six”.
Breath in deeply and think of God’s peace. Say “Seven” in your mind.
Continue to breath out that stressful thing. Say “Eight”.
Breath in deeply and accept God’s control. Say “Nine” in your mind.
Breath out everything that is in you so there is nothing left. Say “Ten”.
We need to rid ourselves of stress – it hurts us. We need to be motivated, actionable, and responsible for ourselves. Take action, and not wait. And while we do everything we can do, we must trust in God, trust in the hardest we can work, and then release everything.
The exercise of taking deep breaths in and out puts extra oxygen in our lungs so that it refreshes our body and relaxes the tightness we may often feel in our chest due to stress or anxiety. The act of counting to ten while we breath sets a linear path in our brain that is clear and rhythmic.
God breathed life into us to form us. No wonder the act of breathing relaxes us and brings us life.