Are You Breathing?

  • Carrissa Pannuzzo, M.A., LMFT, LPC
  • Series: Dear Rosa

Take a moment to notice what's going on in your body. What's your heart doing? How's your breathing? Are you calm inside or agitated? Checking in with our body can give us important information about what's going on inside us physically and emotionally. When you notice a higher heart rate, shorter breathing, and maybe muscle tension or a nervous stomach, take some deep belly breaths to calm yourself. Deep breathing helps us regulate ourselves, which changes our heart rate and body response and enables our mind to work more clearly.