Coping Skills Part 1: Control Your Body
There’s a study out there that pretty much says most the people in first world countries are malnourished. What does that even mean I thought malnourished meant that you didn’t get enough to eat or you know you only ate or drank once a day or once every couple days. That actually is a part of it but it’s also not the case for most. What i’m referring to is, being malnourished means you’re not meeting the dietary requirements for your body to function as well as your body can. That means getting your vitamins, your minerals and your macronutrients.
The other one is pretty much breathing through your diaphragm, this is where you’re gonna set your hand on your chest where your lungs are and then one hand below where your stomach. Make sure your shoulders neck and head are relaxed so and then what should happen is top hand on your chest should never rise, you’re going to be focusing on breathing lower, letting this bottom hand rise outward. When you’re breathing it’s just nice and slow through the nose and then when you’re breathing out through the mouth, your lips are kind of pursed like you’re gonna kiss somebody in an awkward way.
You may feel more comfortable doing it by yourself lying down is always the best because your whole body is relaxed but if you need to just go off to the side if you’re at work. Then do it elsewhere where you’re not in front of somebody do it.
Just be mindful that your chest is not going up and moving out. It’s just your lower and mid stomach that is expanding and it’s gentle.Give either one of those a shot because controlling your breathing helps release good neurotransmitters and good chemicals into your brain. The feel-good chemical that is released is serotonin and I don’t know if you’ve heard about that but it is actually the endorphin for happiness, feel feeling good or calming yourself down.
Try either one of those breathing techniques they’re fantastic and keep practicing them so even when you feel, great give it a shot. See if you can try them like five times a day for a minute two minutes at a time and you’re gonna notice a difference in your consistent mood.
The last thing is of course exercise, exercise obviously makes you feel better we may not like it, but if you exercise for a period of time so whether you’re weightlifting, running, or doing fit or crossfit or whatever. It actually helps release oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin which are all responsible for changing your mood and having antidepressant factors. Pick something, walk, run, jog, skip, jump, pull up, push up, do a couple of crunches but try to work out for 10 to 15 minutes. That’s gonna help release those feel good chemicals and when those chemicals happen, it is reducing the negative emotions that you have and of course it’s a great outlet.
Especially if you have anxiety, it is great to get out some extra energy, so to get out that anxious energy you go do something productive like run or lift weights.