15 Days of Self-Care: Breathing and Meditation

Breathing may be a no-brainer for a lot of us as far as self-care. But it's such a simple, free, and quick way to unplug from the stressful moments of life. Come see how I put it into practice.

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.

 

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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

Your Turn: Do you use, or have you ever used, these self-care techniques?

 

-Jill

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Author: Jill C

Jill is a Christian, homeschooler, "boy mom", and special needs parent. Jill has ADHD and has learned firsthand how adapting environments can be key to finding success! Her current mission is to empower parents whose desire is to homeschool their special needs children and helping them squash their self-doubt!

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