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What is mindful breathing?

As a therapist, I often recommend to my clients the practice of mindful breathing. It's a simple yet effective way to ground yourself in the present moment and quiet your racing thoughts.

To practice mindful breathing, start by finding a quiet space where you won't be disturbed. Sit or lie down in a comfortable position, and begin to focus on your breath. Take a few deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth, allowing your body to relax with each exhale.

As you continue to breathe, bring your attention to the sensation of the air moving in and out of your body. Notice the rise and fall of your chest or the feeling of your stomach expanding and contracting. If your mind begins to wander, gently guide your focus back to your breath without judgment.

Mindful breathing can be done for just a few minutes at a time or for longer periods, depending on your needs. It's a great way to reduce stress and anxiety, improve concentration, and increase feelings of calm and relaxation.

If you're struggling with anxiety or stress, I encourage you to give mindful breathing a try. Incorporating this practice into your daily routine can make a big difference in your overall well-being.

And if you find that you're still struggling with managing your emotions, don't hesitate to reach out for support. At Authentically You Counseling, we offer a range of therapy services to help you navigate life's challenges. Contact us at 112 Pleasant Street, Suite 5, Concord, NH, 03301 or call us at 603-429-1999 to schedule an appointment today.

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