Deep Breathing, prayer, and bible study
Breathing may be a no-brainer for a lot of us as far as self-care. But did you know being aware of your body’s feelings and being in the present moment can alleviate anxiety and stress?
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I do a bible study each morning in the quiet calm before the rest of the house wakes up. There are some days I don’t quite make it, but I make it as regular a routine as possible. This is a practice that keeps me feeling connected to God and His word, which helps me stay calm and grounded.
I also love to go on walks before the house wakes up (in the summer that’s the only time the poor dog can go out) and do what I call a prayer walk. I pray for all sorts of things as I feel led and meditate on those thoughts and what I think God is saying.
How I like to do deep breathing
Deep breathing helps you to slow yourself down and take a careful, realistic inventory of what’s going on around you. I love to pop in headphones, lay down for a 5-minute break and listen to a song or ocean waves. As far as songs, three of my top picks are “Oceans” by Hillsong, “Pages,” or “Dance with Me” by Tosha Zwanziger. While I breathe deeply, I close my eyes and imagine being face to face with God, singing Him these songs.
Benefits and other methods
- Deep breathing lowers blood pressure and reduces stress
- 3 ways to practice deep breathing
- Alternate Nostril Breathing is my favorite way to practice deep breathing.
Your Turn: Do you use, or have you ever used, these self-care techniques?
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