Shop, Drop & Breathe
On the best of days, most of society sucks at breathing. But add in the stress of the holidays – shopping, traffic, bills, family drama – and we end up becoming stressed out, over-breathing, shallow breathers with tight muscles (especially around the neck and shoulders) and an imbalance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in our bodies.
Today, I’m sharing a breathing exercise that is commonly promoted by Harvard-trained Medical Doctor and Naturopath Dr. Andrew Weil. As Dr. Weil suggests, this exercise is best done daily; however, with the chaos of the holidays coming close, I recommend trying to incorporate this technique when encountering any type of emotional or mental stress. Even 1-2 rounds of this breathing technique can calm the nervous system, balance hormones, and help you better manage your body’s physical reaction to stress.