Be Still…And Breathe

Amidst the uncertainty of the world’s current state that’s become our new normal, staying grounded and keeping our emotions in check is of the utmost importance. Most importantly, how do we remain present in every moment of every day? How do we maintain our sanity and keep our emotions settled?

Life’s circumstances can be ever-changing and overwhelming. There are highs and lows, nervous peaks and valleys. How do we stay balanced and in control throughout our day? I think we begin with making every facet of ourselves a priority. There must be a positive mindset within us, no matter what’s going on in the world. Have a daily plan and try your hardest to execute it. Set short and long term goals, monitor your diet, drink lots of water and try to exercise and get some fresh air daily. Consciously choose and be mindful what you give your attention to. I rarely watch the news and I limit my time on social media platforms.

In order to continuously improve at focusing on staying grounded and mindful, I sit in stillness twice a day–only focusing on my breathing. Performing deep, soothing, breaths; inhaling through my nostrils and exhaling through my mouth. I quiet my mind by pushing away all other thoughts. It’s very calming and soothing. I highly recommend trying to do this for five to fifteen minutes each time. You’ll be amazed how much your spirit grows by just sitting still and breathing.

Breathing (meditating) is a great coping mechanism for our daily stressors, tensions, and anxiety. Self-care and prioritizing ourselves is the best gift we can give ourselves. Try it–I promise you’ll feel better and think more clearly. We can protect, honor, and love ourselves just by being still–and breathing.

Published by Author - Charles R. Butts Jr.

Entertaining and provoking thought within his readers are the main hopes former U.S. Army soldier & thirty-three year U.S. Postal Service employee Charles R. Butts Jr. has when it comes to the creation and release of his work. When he’s not reading or writing, Charles enjoys spending time with Shawanda, his wife of twenty-five years, his children Amber and Trey, and his grandchildren. He recognizes Langston Hughes, Walter Mosley, and James Baldwin as highly notable influences in the literary world.

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