Talk yourself down!

Adding positive, self soothing affirmations to your mindful breathing practice can increase its effectiveness.  Try repeating “slow down, calm down, or I’m okay” with your mindful breathing.  For example “slow” on your inhale, “down” on your exhale. Continue to practice mindful breathing through out your day during easy times as well as more difficult times.  Try different simple affirmations as you inhale and exhale.
Observe what effect different affirmations have on your emotional state. Your mind will wander. Gently bring it back to the words and the experience of breathing, without judging self.  Redirect your thoughts for 60 seconds or longer if possible, back to breathing and repeating your affirmation.

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