Why Forgetting to Breathe is a Bad Idea

Breathe. Woman profile portrait breathing deep fresh air on the beach with the ocean in the background

Forgetting to breathe happens more than you think.

You know, while you’re busy doing other really important things? Sometimes I find that I’m holding my breath or breathing so shallow, I might as well put a paper bag over my head. That can’t be good.

One article I read suggested massage as a way to get the oxygen flowing. Problem is, I’m not like Oprah who can probably ring a bell and have her masseuse appear from the next room saying, “You rang?”

I guess I’ll take the paper bag.

 

Crumpled paper bag with grease spots isolated on white

What’s going on with us? Are we really so busy we can’t even remember to suck in air?  It seems to be a real problem for us, 21st-century girls. I seriously don’t picture June Cleaver re-dusting her spotless furniture and afterward hyperventilating because she forgot to breathe.

We are acting invincible! Doing way too much, yet a whole lot of nothing. And unfortunately, breathing has taken a back seat.

So how do we get our groove back, or at least enough oxygen to groove at all?

Move over June Cleaver! Today’s women will breathe again! Here are a few tips to help you relax those shoulders a bit. So take a deep breath and read on…45b646e9a0400e12fcc9688edd6ef22e

 

> Elimination

No, I’m not talking about Smooth-Move Tea, although I do have a box in the cupboard. I’m talking about the non-essential, time-wasting, delegate-right-now stuff in your life. Things like checking emails every five minutes, wandering around the grocery store aimlessly without a list, (unless that is your chosen therapy), and picking up everyone else’s clutter. I just finished an entire season of Hoarders, (which prompted me to clean out 2 drawers and a closet), so I know all the reasons why people hold on to things that are useless. Letting go of unnecessary habits, meaningless details and even that stash of scary dolls will lift that brick off your chest.  flea-market-237463_640

Yep, it’s a scary doll head…

 

> Realization

Please STOP being so hard on yourself. Please stop waking up with dread, hitting the snooze button over and over. And don’t go to bed with guilt! If anything is knocking the wind out of us, it is our constant self-criticism. Take a realistic look at your life and change what isn’t working. Be gracious with your mess-ups. Realize that you are created in the image of God and are beloved to Him!

 

> Depressurizationpot-550482_640

I’ll never forget the day I decided to stop micromanaging everyone in my family. My son asked where the scissors were and I glanced to the spot where they should have been. When I saw they weren’t there, I simply said, “I don’t know son.” Period. I didn’t go looking for some. I didn’t stick around to hear him get frustrated. And I didn’t apologize for the missing scissors. Before, I would have taken on the responsibility to find them myself, which would have brought on unnecessary stress. Stop being pressured to take on the stress of others! It will make a world of difference in your breathing capabilities.

 

>Fixation

“…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)1-1252345622N1eB

How we tend to focus on everyone and everything but the One who gives us true peace. Schedules, deadlines, events, work, bills, appointments…no wonder we find ourselves gasping for air. Only when we fix our eyes on Jesus will we be able to take the deep breaths needed to live an intentional life of unhurried richness and beauty.

Listen to these Beautiful lyrics by Nichole Nordeman…

So right now, stop where you are, stop what you are doing,(unless you are driving, which you probably aren’t because you are reading this) and take a long, deep breath of gratitude. Determine to pause a little, daydream a little, and simply breathe again…

~Jennifer

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