Stress Relief

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When I’m stressed, I get pretty annoyed if anyone tells me to breath deeply. Breathing has never helped me to relax when I am stressed about something weighing on my mind. Breathing has helped when I’m anxious about something or scared, but not when I’m frustrated over a problem or feeling like I don’t have time to get everything done.

It almost seems like a mean joke. I don’t have time and you want me to stop and breathe? For me, what helps is taking a walk or doing something to exert the frustrated energy building up inside of me. Yes, it takes time, but it helps, so I usually find it worth it, especially when you’ve reached the stress level where you can no longer focus.

My body can’t calm itself with breath. It needs to use the energy. So next time you feel stressed, try a walk. I hope it helps.


About the Author:

Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.

One Comment

  1. Anonymous November 12, 2010 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    I can’t breathe, and you can’t make me. Whew! It’s the old adage: whatever works for you. For some it’s breathing, for others a walk, for others yet talking to a friend…..but basically it’s just getting yourself out of the situation for a few minutes. And the good thing about breathing: you don’t have to think about it. 🙂

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