For many of us, this is a stressful time of year. For much of the United States, this is a stressful economic period. For me, this is a stressful season of my life. How should we cope?
I just try to keep breathing. Ten slow, deep, rhythmic breaths in through my nose and out through my mouth are my cure all. If I feel angry or anxious, I breathe. If I can’t fall asleep or am feeling sluggish in the morning, I breathe. If I hurt myself in the kitchen or someone hurts my feelings, I breathe. No matter what it is, when I feel like I just can’t take it anymore, breathing helps me feel better, maybe not 100%, but better. (After all, many women get through childbirth with only their breath, so you know it’s a powerful relaxant and pain reducer.)
So if you’re feeling frazzled, take a deep breath (or ten) and carry on. You can do this.