When is the last time you sat down and paid attention to your breathing? Really noticed how you were taking in air and expelling it? Do you normally breath in and out your nose? Does most of your breath come from your upper chest, or your allow your lungs to fill up?
Breathing fully can reduce stress and create a sense of calm from within.
Live Light Practice:
Find a supported seated posture or lay down. Take both hands to your abdomen. Begin by breathing and noticing the length of each inhale and exhale. After a few rounds of breath start counting to four on each inhale and exhale. Trying to even out the breathing. Feel your hands rise and fall with your belly and breaths. Be mindful of each moment and relax your jaw.
Once you feel steady start to count to four on each inhale and six on each exhale. Do not force it. If this is challenging continue with the count of four for both inhales and exhales.
Allow your hands to rest by your sides and release the counting, just breath as you normally would. Notice if you feel a shift in mood or quality of breathing.