Being a parent in New York City is challenging, fast, chaotic, and downright exhausting. After organizing your child's schedule, cooking meals for your family, and trying to get work done without combusting, it can be hard to remember to breathe. Of course, without breathing it would be impossible to survive; yet sometimes it feels as though we are going about our days breathless.
With the rising enthusiasm of wellness in the media and the abundance of trends regarding health, it can be difficult to weed out what methods are vital to incorporate into daily living. A heavily researched method known as deep breathing, or controlled breathing, is a form of breathing that essentially helps the mind remain in a state of calm or tranquility. Breathing has also been linked to improving mood, increasing energy, and boosting your immune system. Recently, the New York Times ran an article about breathing-related research being conducted on mice. By isolating a particular breathing neuron in the mice’s brain, the researchers discovered a correlation between the mice’s breathing and stress. When the breathing neuron was isolated, the mice’s breathing remained neutral and controlled during normally anxiety-prone situations. This study, in addition to other recent research, supports a simple and easy routine to embed into your crazy, child-rearing, and hectic days. Breathing is not only free (unlike most things in NYC!) but also easy. Taking just four deep breaths and counting to five while you exhale calms your entire nervous system.
Breathe in. One, two, three. Breathe out. One, two, three, four, five. Breathe in. One, two, three. Breathe out. One, two, three, four, five. Feel better?
Modelling this for your children will teach them the importance of managing stress in a healthy way.