Inhale the future, exhale the past

One of the few things in life we take for granted – Breathing. It is such a simple yet powerful act. Without it, life would cease to exist. In our fast-paced life, we sometimes forget to practice mindful breathing which often leads to problems like mild headache, loss of energy, fatigue, and much more, due to which you might face unnecessary stress.

Studies have shown that in recent years stress levels have increased in teens and adults, 42 percent of adults reported that their stress levels had increased and 36 percent said their stress levels had stayed the same over the past five years. There is no denying that stress levels have risen drastically during the pandemic, if not managed properly it affects the mental health of an individual. Sometimes it can lead to ‘Angst’ - a paralyzing emotional state. When you feel angst, you feel anxious, scared, and threatened for no particular reason.

To regain balance and happiness, one must practice a healthy lifestyle and mindful living. This doesn’t mean you have to be a pro vegan yoga master to start your mindful journey. You can be a beginner and start with basic things like keeping yourself hydrated – have at least 2 to 3 liters of water daily, get enough rest about 6 to 8 hours of sleep, have a balanced meal plan, and make sure you’re getting enough movement – try walking while taking your calls. All these tips are for physical wellbeing but mindful living is a balance of physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. How do you achieve that? We got you!

To connect your body and mind you can try this ancient practice of breath control called pranayama. It’s one of the famous and most practiced breathing techniques in the world introduced by Yoga. One of the basic pranayamas is alternative nostril breathing, also known as Nadi Shodhana, is a very relaxed, balancing breath that is used to help ease the nervous system and assist in a restful night’s sleep. This breath is thought to purify the blood, relax the mind, relieve tension, and encourage concentration by increasing the amount of oxygen taken into the body. If you want to take it up a notch then you can combine it with aromas and fragrances which promote tranquility.

On your Journey to mindfulness living, you will come across many such techniques. Always remember! Everyone’s journey is different. What worked for him might not work for you, what worked for her might not work for him. Only you can figure out what works best for you. Happy Journey!