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7 Benefits of Deep Breathing
We’ve all said it. “Take a deep breath.”
When the kids come running in the door, breathing heavily and launching into a story a mile a minute. “Take a deep breath.”
When someone is panicked and trying to tell you what happened, but she is obviously under duress. “Relax. Take a breath, then tell me.”
When he storms into your office with a voice just beneath a yell, red-faced and angry about something someone did. “Before you tell me another word, take a deep breath.
But the real benefit comes from breathing before a crisis or stressful event. A deep breath almost at any time can change your mood, improve your day and help you achieve more. I don’t always remember to do it, but when I do, my day is more relaxed and I have a better and calmer presence. As a singer, I know that I feel better after singing a difficult song. The reason may very well be the forced deep breathing from the diaphragm.
Some of the benefits of practiced deep breathing:
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Growth in Difficult Times
One Saturday in March we had the oddest weather in Nashville. You’ll know exactly the type of day I am describing because we’ve all seen it. One minute it’s a magnificent sunny day, then an approaching ominous cloud unleashes a downpour of rain. Then, as fast as it comes, it disappears and the sun returns only to repeat the process over and over again.
I usually wish for that perfect, sunny day. Most of us do. We don’t like the bad weather, the dark clouds, lightning and thunder.
It’s like that in life, too. I am always hoping for that perfect weather. We don’t want to be sick. We don’t want to have difficulties at work. We pray for everything to be just perfect.
As I think about my career, my life and my experiences, I can honestly say that I’ve grown more in the difficult times. When a storm is raging in my life, I am forced to a new place. I have to change tactics, learn a new skill, and do something differently.
Lessons from Life’s Storms
Here are a few storms I’ve experienced: