On Breathwork; and a 5-minute Tool for Intercepting a Stress Response

Just Breathe

If the term breathwork sends your eyes rolling skyward, let me shed some light on this timely stress-relief trend. There are all different kinds of breathing practices, some are meditative, some are spiritual, and some strictly pragmatic. 

While breathwork is generally a mindfulness practice, meaning designed to help you become more aware of and able to take a step back from your habitual thoughts and emotions the styles and methods can vary greatly. 

Approaching it from a pragmatic focus, my goal is to teach clients to intercept stress triggers, anxiety states and habits they wish to change.

The ability to notice your routines, becoming aware of typically instant reactions in time to shift them to a better place, is the foundation for change. As you may know, change is so hard because we live much of our lives on auto-pilot, which is normal and keeps us from having to reevaluate every move we make. But it becomes problematic when we’re stuck in habits or routines that no longer serve us.  This noticing, the in-the-moment awareness that we have a choice, is a practice that requires commitment, but if you’re able to start with just 5-10 minutes a day, you can build your ability to manage your emotions and reactions from there.

Breathwork is the easy entry to accessing the benefits of meditation, but less challenging for a beginner to commit to. A daily breathwork practice attunes your mind and body, reminding you to notice your breath, your stress, and your mindset throughout the day, so you can catch your stress level rising before it’s too late.

Then you can use one of the approachable breath-based stress reduction practices to take it down a notch rather than let it keep building since cortisol levels take time to calm down.

The 5-minute practice neurobiologists recommend for intercepting anxiety

If you need a quick-fix practice, this podcast, starting at around 36 minutes, speaks to the studies around the most effective breathing practices.  this is similar just with the double inhale which is also great. This practice is intense, so you may want to begin lying down if you’re new to breathwork.  This is similar just with the double inhale which is also great. In the end, it’s about what works for you.

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About Elizabeth

I’m Elizabeth Borelli, breathe into breakthrough success coach and author. By combining my years of coaching experience, a BA in psychology, multiple certifications in ICF-accredited life coaching, plant-based nutrition, and RYT 200 yoga teacher training, I’ve developed a unique mind-body approach to personal growth and professional success.