Create Calm Out of Chaos with This One Trick

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Did you know that you have a simple tool available to help calm you whenever life starts to feel overwhelming and out of control?

It’s simple, easy, and you don’t even have to carry this tool around with you in your pocket or purse.

It’s breathing.

Whenever your body starts to have a physical response to a stressful event, your sympathetic nervous system springs into action. Your energy gets shifted to your arms and legs so you can make a quick escape. Your heart rate quickens, you start to feel anxious and your brain goes to work trying to figure out what to do. And our brains are really good at following rabbit trails down the path of worry…leading us to believe our situation is more stressful than it really is. This makes decision-making difficult. We make decisions based on fear instead of logic.

But there’s a great trick we can use to calm down our physical response to stress.

By breathing in a calm and relaxed manner, we help calm our brain and body down and activate our parasympathetic nervous system. Once we implement this breathing technique, our body starts to relax. And our brain thinks, “Hey, I thought I was stressed out. But I guess since I’m breathing calmly, my heart rate has calmed down and I’m not feeling anxious, I must not be stressed out. Everything is fine and I can make a sound decision here.”

This simple breathing technique is called the 5-5-7 breath and here’s how it works:

  • Breathe in for 5 seconds

  • Hold your breath for 5 seconds at the top

  • Breathe out for 7 seconds

That’s it. Easy peasy.

The next time you get a call from your kid's school, run into someone stressful at the grocery store, or encounter a situation that is causing you anxiety, stop and do the 5-5-7 breathing technique for 10 breaths.

And in less than 3 minutes, you’ll be able to calm your body down so you can think more clearly and create a plan of action from a place of peace.

I’d love to hear from you after you try this technique. Also, if you have any tips to share on how you keep calm in the midst of chaos, I’d love to hear it. Simply comment below!

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