Our breathing is controlled by the medulla in the brainstem, we all breathe automatically, we do it without thinking and it keeps us alive. We can also exert control over our breathing, we can speed it up to help in childbirth and when laughing or crying, we can hold our breath and we can slow it down when we need to become calm.
It’s not often that we think of breathing in this way, but when you realise you can exert that control, you can aid yourself if you become anxious or worried.
Take a moment to concentrate on your breathing, that life giving force that we take for granted, concentrating on your breathing helps you to clear your mind, gives you something to focus on and then you can use your thoughts to slow it down, breathe out negativity and breathe in positivity.
Take five slow breaths in and out now and feel the benefit of being in the now. Remember you can do this anywhere and at any time.