Pots boiling over. Tea kettles screaming to be heard. Every line racing to red. Pressure valves begging for release.
We have all felt the strain of inescapable compression. Bands tighten around temples as blood vessels constrict. Faces flush and jaws clench. Shoulders tense as teeth shave enamel.
These desperate attempts to hide our particular brand of bats in our carefully decorated belfries are rarely successful and often dangerous.
When the gasket is finally blown, picking up the pieces is more complicated than reaching for the nearest dustbin. Damages are felt more than seen, and the gritty residue left behind has an odd habit of clinging to the cavities.
So what’s the plan of attack? How can we combat the feeling of impending doom before we’re pulled underwater by a false sense of limited oxygen?
Like every unresponsive phone or frozen computer screen…just reset.
Even though we’re made of cells and blood instead of slots and bytes, the fix takes a similar form.
Stop. Close your eyes. Inhale. Exhale.
It’s incredible to feel the cure. So many of us are walking through the world, unaware that we’ve forgotten to breathe. We unconsciously shorten our intake when we’re worried, working, and stressed. Sometimes even intense focus can produce the same effect. It’s not our fault. It’s our formula.
So the next time your nerves are knocked into overdrive or you feel a seed of rage starting to sprout. Take a beat, and take a breath.