Are you feeling a little stressed today? The election stress, plus COVID stress, plus work stress, plus general daily stress, all piled on top of the chronic, ongoing stress that is tied to the traumatic experiences emergency responders regularly endure, is A LOT to process. Thankfully, you don't have to solve all the problems or have all the answers in order the relieve some of your anxious feelings.
There have been numerous studies done on the power of breathing exercises. Yes, something as simple as breathing can actually make you feel better! Which is great, because world peace is not something that we will accomplish this afternoon. According to the Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, "The main effects of slow breathing techniques cover autonomic and central nervous systems activities as well as the psychological status...the abovementioned changes are increased comfort, relaxation, pleasantness, vigor and alertness, and reduced symptoms of arousal, anxiety, depression, anger, and confusion." (How Breath-Control Can Change Your Life...)
Check out the images below of the "Deep, Slow Breathing" section from our eBook "Creating Comfort in Crisis: 7 Ways a Comfort K9 Relieves Stress". Spend a few minutes taking deep, slow breaths (less than 10 breaths per minute according to the previously cited study). Begin feeling your heart rate slow, your muscles relax, and your mind become clearer and more focused. Then have a successful, productive rest of your day.We all experience stress throughout the day. Sometimes it's physical stress, sometimes mental, and sometimes emotional.
Unfortunately, all stress needs to be processed physically through the body, regardless of how it originated. This means that we need to actively work on completing the stress cycle in order to actually feel better afterwards.
In the eBook "Creating Comfort in Crisis: 7 Ways a Comfort K9 Relieves Stress", we will cover how these dogs can help their handlers, and anyone else they work with, relieve their physical symptoms of stress.
Each week, for "Wellness Wednesday", we will post a new page from the eBook. Check out the info in the images below.