For a very long time most of my life (that's almost 33 years), i was a shallow breather. i spent a lot of time being an anxious, Type A personality who didn't like change or spontaneity. i could run on high stress and a bad diet because it's all my body knew.
Enter extremely stressful life circumstances, little sleep, and adrenal fatigue. Two things kept me well — God and clean eating. The storm ended, but i didn't know how to deal with peace and calm and non-chaotic moments. That is, until a friend said, just breathe.
i thought to myself, i AM breathing. i am breathing like i normally do. It wasn't until i started to really take the time to notice my breathing patterns that i realized i wasn't breathing like i was created to breathe. i was hurried, stressed, and so out of touch with my body that breathing just seemed like normal, everyday breathing.
There's a HUGE difference in breathing quickly & shallow and slow & deep. One keeps the body in a state of stress, the other calms the body down.
i had to re-teach myself to brreeeeeeaaathe. What a gift it is to take in breath slowly and deeply and exhale slowly. Good health requires slow, deep breathing. In my moments of stress and chaos, i focus on my breathing while praying. i can go from that state of stress to calm and collected within several minutes of deep breathing.
This week, find some time each day to take note of how you're breathing. Breathe in such a way that it gives energy and life to your body. Thank God for giving you breath, because it means you've been given another day of life.
Job 33:4 The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
Thank you, God, for the precious gift of breath. i pray i don't take it for granted because it means that i am still alive. Help me to get back to breathing deeply and slowly like you intended so that my body can stay rested and calm and not in a state of stress and panic. Amen.