Rebranding February: The Month of Self-Love, Week 2

As February 14 approaches, our spotlight remains on nurturing self-love during this renowned ‘month of love’. Replenishing our own reserves of love, affirmation, and quality time is crucial for rejuvenation, enabling us to give abundantly throughout the rest of the year.

This week, our focus shifts to soothing our nervous system, transitioning from the rushed fight/flight stress to a calm, rest/digest state. By achieving a state of calmness, we signal to our nervous system that we are safe, allowing cortisol levels to normalise and granting access to our frontal cortex. This opens the door to sound decision-making and planning, which are essential components of well-being.

So, how do we achieve this?

Self-Care Basic #2: Breathing

You might be thinking, “I breathe every day, what’s new?” Indeed, but have you ever observed the nuances in your breathing? Our bodies are finely tuned instruments, and even subtle changes in breathing patterns can significantly impact our overall well-being.

Consistent breathing supports optimal bodily function and can serve as a helpful tool in reducing anxiety and preventing full-swing panic attacks. Enter box-breathing, also known as ‘Navy Seal’ breathing—a technique endorsed by elite professionals. It certainly gets my seal of approval!

Here’s how it works:

1. Inhale deeply through your nose for four counts.

2. Hold your breath for four counts.

3. Exhale slowly through your mouth for four counts.

4. Hold your breath for four counts.

Repeat for five minutes, adjusting as needed— more if you need more, less if you need less. And voila! A calm nervous system just swiped right on you. Take that, Cupid????

Let’s continue embracing self-love together this February!

Click here for a guided breathing session.