Do you know this feeling?
Your head’s swimming in overwhelm with 1000 different thoughts darting all over the place. Your skin is prickly-hot and you might even feel a bit wobbly and light-headed. Your heart’s boom-booming, your breath feels fast and your emotions are all over the map.
But you crave calm; peace of mind. You want to sort out your messy head-space and get back to a feeling of balance so you can feel good and get on with things.
I’ve certainly felt like this – several times! I used to feel really panicky in business meetings (especially if I was due to present something). I’ve experienced extreme nervousness in medical waiting rooms, high-in-the-sky on long haul flights and numerous social situations. (I know, I’m a bit of a fruit-cake…)
But this little gem of a technique I have to share with you has never failed to saved my sanity and reign my emotions back into line.
The technique is called Alternate Side Breathing. It’s an easy-to-learn, quick and practical way to calm a frazzled mind and reinstate balance. Plus, this handy method is completely portable and invisible to those around you, so you can practise it anywhere, at anytime, without worrying about looking like a weirdo.
Alternate Side Breathing is based on the yogic pranayama (breathwork) method Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing). It helps to harmonise the flow of energy between left and right sides of the brain to induce clarity and tranquility. Ahhhhhh….. nice, huh? It’s simple, and requires just a little concentration and imagination.
Follow these easy steps below to regain your composure, pronto:
You can harness the power of Alternate Side Breathing in many different situations:
I’d love to hear your thoughts on Alternate Side Breathing: Does it bring you back to calm? Do you find it easy to do?
PS: Wanna relax on the regular, but not sure what to do? The ‘Calm Compass’ quiz will help you discover the relaxation technique best suited to YOU!