Whenever I feel overwhelmed and there’s a lot going on, I take a few deep breaths. Sometimes it works and some times it doesn’t, depending on my level of anxiety. Some days the breaths have to be a little deeper and come from deep within. I used to sing, so I equate this type of breath with a “singer’s breath”: a deep breath from the diaphragm that you can also feel in your back. When you feel your lower-back expand, you know you’re doing this correctly. I make an effort to take at least one breath this way in each position in yoga class. It really helps to work the stress out, mentally and physically.
Along with these breaths, I try to picture myself in a setting like the one in this picture. I close my eyes, breath-in and mentally surround myself by quiet and beauty. This is great when you are looking for a quick escape from fast-paced city life. Actually, I sometimes do this on the subway. I put some relaxing music on my iPhone and close my eyes. It works until someone bumps into me or steps on my foot.
But I will be honest right now and say that I am experiencing some mental angst and need a reminder to take a few minutes to breathe and bring myself back to center. As a warning, I’m about to vent a little. I apologize in advance. I’m not a complainer, but I need some help and advice from anyone who can help.
Currently, my job can create a lot of anxiety. It forces me to take many deep breaths, many, many times a day. It’s not stressful work but some of the people I work with make it stressful, which, I feel is terrible because it doesn’t have to be this way. It’s an unfulfilling job and every day is harder than the last. I know some people would say that I am lucky to have a job, that I shouldn’t leave until I have something else lined up and that everyone has similar issues in their work place. And that’s totally all true, but I’m a young person, stuck working at a job that’s not my life’s passion. Nutrition, overall health and well-being, yoga, meditation – those are my passions, obviously. Okay, sorry….so I’m remaining calm and breathing….just keep breathing, breathing, breathing….
So, please offer some advice. I think we all go through times like this at one point or another. I hope to benefit from some wise words of wisdom. Not to mention, does anyone have any ideas on a new job, for someone like me, who needs to break into the health field but doesn’t have any background besides taking a few science courses as pre-requisites to a Masters program and a blog? I really appreciate everyone’s help, love and support.