Here is a quick cure to the “feeling frazzled” syndrome.
There’s lost going on. You wear many hats. You don’t know how you will get it all done and you would love to keep your calm through it all. The to-do list can wait a couple of minutes, ok?
Alternate nostril breathing is a technique, which, once mastered, is a life saver. The only props required are your lungs and one of your hands. You can do it anywhere, and just a few minutes will yield benefits that last the rest of the day.
Some of the benefits of this form of yogic breath work include:
– Balancing and reconnecting the two halves of the brain.
– Expelling stale air from the lungs and circulating fresh oxygen throughout the body.
– Calming and focusing the mind.
– Grounding your body-mind.
After a couple of rounds, you will feel:
– Energized yet calm and grounded.
– Focused and clear.
– Revitalized physically and mentally.
In short, you will feel less frazzled.
There are YouTube videos you can watch to learn this technique. I recommend Yoga with Adriene.
Remember to do what feels comfortable for you, so that you can concentrate on the breath work. Sitting on a chair is perfect as long as you are sitting tall, with your spine long and your chest open. I like to rest my index and middle fingers on my forehead (on the third eye); I find it automatically stills my mind.
A few minutes dedicated to the learning of Nadhi Shodhana is an investment that will pay off for the rest of your life!