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Your Natural Superpower

by Norah McIntire, L.Ac.

Before I knew better, I used to get irritated when a helping professional would tell me to breathe deeply when I was worried or upset. I thought that guiding me to breathe was trivializing and disrespectful.

"Didn't you hear what I said? That's it? Breathe?" Puh-leez.

Then I became a tai chi and qi gong practitioner. Then I understood.

Your breath is your direct line to your nervous system, and when you are under stress, being able to regulate your nervous system is like a superpower. You maintain or regain access to the part of your brain that thinks, analyzes, and acts creatively and constructively.

So, no matter what the stress is about or whether it is a big or small stress, breathing is the first step. Sometimes that is easier said than done, so I made you a video to help.

See the video below for an easy breathing technique that can help you keep your cool while you are in the thick of it.