While we can’t avoid all stressful events, we can greatly impact the ways we respond to stress — and how it impacts our health.

Stopping at regular intervals throughout the day to practice steady breathing helps reduce stress. Practicing even steady breaths before bedtime or the minute we notice ours stress levels rising can help us fall asleep more peacefully and help us manage our reactions in the moment.

Here’s how I like to do it. I close my eyes and take a deep breath. Let it out. But now the next time I breathe in, I mentally say the word, “Calm.” Then, exhale while mentally saying the word, “Down.” Repeat, breathing in on calm, steadily releasing out on down.

I find a minute of these deep, even breaths with the words Calm Down added to the process helps me calm down more effectively.    

Learning to breathe and calm down can significantly lower cardiovascular risk, and a whole cadre of other stress related illnesses, particularly as we age.

Please give it a try and let me know how you’re feeling!

This is Silver Disobedience® philosophy. I’m @DianGriesel aka @SilverDisobedience A Perception Analyst who shares my Daily Meditations for other Ageless, Passionate & Curious People.  More info in my bio & my websites.

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