• Soo Woods

Living on the edge of overwhelm?

Updated: Oct 10, 2021

So many of us nowadays live on the edge of overwhelm. Live with that feeling that there is just too much to do, not enough hours in the day, our brain too fogged to think clearly or even to prioritise the million plus jobs on our ‘to do’ list. If you can relate to this, you are not alone, although it may feel like it. There are many of us (and yes, I say ‘us’ because I too have these experiences some of the time) who live thinking we are drowning in responsibility. Results from my recent Women's Emotional Health survey indicate that 70% of women are stressed and that 42% have too many responsibilities. One lady said "I feel like I’m drowning slowly." You may be relieved to hear there are ways to help ourselves find relief in these moments. And note that I say moments, because if you feel you are living in a never-ending cycle of overwhelm, this can be changed to become moments. Actions such as taking a few deep belly breaths can help tremendously in helping us balance our status quo. Belly or ‘diaphragmatic’ breathwork helps as it supports our body physiologically. Deep, slow belly breathing with a longer outbreath allows more oxygen to enter our lungs, triggers our vagus nerve, and thus the calms our body physically. When we can relax our vagus nerve our bodies feel better. With more oxygen, our brains function better. Other than needing our cognitive mind to start the process, you don’t need to think for this action to be supportive. You don’t need to be feeling stressed or overwhelmed for breathwork to be beneficial. In fact, I would recommend practicing when you are feeling calm. Regular practice can help reduce symptoms associated with stress which for you may present physically or emotionally. If you haven’t already done so, I invite you to listen to my 9 minute breathwork audio ~ I created this short audio as I truly want to help as many as I can. Please feel free to practice this with your kids, your partner, take it to your workplace 😊 (it still works over Zoom if necessary!) What are the benefits of doing this breathwork? You will feel calmer, the brain fog will lessen and you will be able to think more clearly about ‘what next’. And remember, the more you do it, the more it will help you.

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