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Being mindful means paying close attention to how and what you think, feel, and sensing in the moment. Stress, anger, and anxiety can not only affect our health but our judgment as well. Fortunately, practicing mindfulness is a great way to center yourself and deal with these difficult feelings. One way to practice mindfulness is to focus on your breathing. 

Why It Works

Mindfulness gives people the ability to have space away from their thoughts and feelings. This can help some people work through their feelings without getting overwhelmed by them. As you practice mindful breathing your breath becomes your anchor that you can hold onto during stressful or overwhelming times. For some, this practice can also help them to stay in the moment and not get carried away with past or future thoughts. 

How To Do It 

The most simple way to practice mindful breathing is to simply focus on the inhale and exhale of your breathing. Ideally, you should be sitting, but you can also stand if that is more comfortable for you. Your eyes may be either open or closed, though most people find it easier to focus if their eyes are closed. To get started, take an exaggerated breath in through the nostrils for three seconds, hold it for three seconds, and slowly exhale through the mouth for three seconds. While counting your breathing is the preferred method, some people find it easier to simply start by focusing on their natural breathing. Learning what works best for you is key to success.

When To Do It

Trying to practice your mindfulness every day is an amazing goal. The more comfortable you are doing it, the easier it will be to do when you are going through a very stressful or anxious moment. Many people try to practice mindful breathing every day at specific times and building it into your daily routine can help your mind and body be ready and able to take on the challenges of the day.

Mindful breathing is a great way to practice mindfulness and being in the moment. Learning to practice mindful breathing can help to give you an anchor for your thoughts and remain present in the moment during stressful or anxious times. Many people agree that practicing mindful breathing every day can help you be ready during those extremely difficult times. Working with a professional can be helpful for learning this practice and making sure you are doing it in a way that works best for you. Here at The Guest House, we are ready to help you learn the skills needed to successfully work through any struggles you may be experiencing. Call us today to learn more about our treatment options at (855) 483-7800.