Pause

Just stop for a moment.

Rest your hands gently on your tummy and breathe in so deeply that your hands move. Breathe right down into your tummy.

Breathe out. Just let that breath come out of your mouth at whatever speed it needs to.

Breathe in through your nose. Notice how cool the air is in your nostrils. Notice how much the air can fill your body. Notice how much of your lungs you’re not used to using.

Breathe out. Allow the breath to take with it any stress or tension.

There’s nothing else you need to do right now. Just breathe in. And breathe out.

Now, start at your head or your toes and notice areas of tension in your muscles. That stiff, achey feeling that you usually ignore or work through.

Pause on each area, and in your imagination send all of the air from your in breath to that place. Sometimes it helps to imagine your nose has moved from its normal place and is right on that spot.

Breathe in. Send all the cool, fresh air to that place. Breathe out and allow all that tension to go with it.

There’s nothing else you need to do right now. Just breathe in. And breathe out.

Take as many breaths at each point of tension as you like. Then move to the next.

As you breathe out, just imagine that ache, the stress, any anxiety you feel coming out in a visible mist. Like you are outside on a freezing day.

Just imagine it leaving your body, hanging in the air in front of you for just a moment before it evaporates completely before your eyes.

There’s nothing else you need to do right now. Just breathe in. And breathe out.

As you imagine yourself outside on that freezing cold day, just feel the weak rays of sunshine hit your face. A tiny glimmer of warmth. A reminder of things to come.

Allow your eyes to close and just enjoy this moment.

There’s nothing else you need to do right now. Just breathe in. And breathe out.

Even if all around you there is crashing and banging, TV’s blaring, washing machines whizzing, listen for the moments of quiet amongst it. The moments that you can only hear the birds outside, or the wind, or nothing at all.

There’s nothing else you need to do right now. Just breathe in. And breathe out.

This time, however long it is, is just for you. Taking this time is not a luxury, it’s not “self-care” to connect with yourself and breathe. It is vital and valuable and needed.

You will go back to your day shortly, but you will take this moment with you. You will go back, feeling more like you, more ready to go, more able to do.

And when you feel that fading. You come back and do this again. You give yourself permission to pause for a moment.

But while there’s nothing else you need to do right now, just breathe in. And breathe out.

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