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Winning at life! Sunday January 8, 2017

Put hand on tummy.
Put other hand on chest.
Breathe in deeply.
Let that breath go.
Then let it out for 5 more seconds than you think you can.
Repeat as often as you like.
Winning at life!

Love from

The room above the garage
A Moodscope member.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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Melanie Sun, Jan 8th 2017 @ 7:29am

Hi RATG, wonderfully simple and helpful. Thank you. (Is it auspicious to be the first to comment on 8th Jan?) xo

the room above the garage Sun, Jan 8th 2017 @ 2:36pm

A pleasure Melanie, I feel I haven't seen you for a bit so hello! Love ratg x.

Jul Sun, Jan 8th 2017 @ 9:52am

Hello ratg. I tried this as I was reading it and it felt good! I have a cough right now so letting out the breath for as long as I could proved a bit difficult but i shall continue to try and the longer I can let that breath out, the better my cough must be! Thank you for your lovely comment to my blog the other day. I have sent a general reply to everyone now thanking them. Julxxx

the room above the garage Sun, Jan 8th 2017 @ 2:37pm

Hello Jul, I have a really horrid virus at the moment so full empathy re your cough. Again, we are twins!!! Love tag x.

Jul Sun, Jan 8th 2017 @ 9:54am

Hello everyone. I have now written a thank you to you all at the bottom of my blog about depression with benefits(!) Julxx

Jane Sun, Jan 8th 2017 @ 10:38am

Dear Jul, I read your post but didn't comment as I was not in a good place that day. However, as ever, it helped and having just read your thank you to all can I say I'm really glad you wrote the post. So thank you! X

Jul Sun, Jan 8th 2017 @ 12:47pm

Jane. That's so nice of you to reply like this. Thank you for letting me know you are glad I wrote the blog. It's made me feel so much better hearing this. I know how it feels not being in a good place as I know most of us do here on Moodscope. What a wonderful place Moodscope is though! Love Jul xx

Jane Sun, Jan 8th 2017 @ 10:36am

Thank you RATG. It's quite relaxing x

the room above the garage Sun, Jan 8th 2017 @ 2:38pm

And sometimes I find it just reassuring! Thank you Jane, love ratg x.

Angela Sun, Jan 8th 2017 @ 10:37am

Hi ratg, short but sweet. Thank you :)

the room above the garage Sun, Jan 8th 2017 @ 2:41pm

Indeed :-) I'm always surprised at just how shallow my breathing becomes at times, particularly when stressed or busy so this help me. Hope it helped you too, love ratg x.

The Gardener Sun, Jan 8th 2017 @ 3:04pm

Hi ratg - it always seems crazy that we should be 'alerted' to pay attention to what should come naturally. When I first hyper-ventilated an American doctor advocated breathing into a paper bag - can be effective, but does not cure the cause. I, too, breathe too shallowly - actually causing pain to rib cage. Then effective for hyper tension and rapid pulse is raising arms high, breathe in, then bend down and touch toes, breathing out all the time. Apparently, and I'm no chemist, we do not clear CO2? out of the system unless we empty our lungs completely. A friend who is an opera singer explained their breathing 'training'. But she, poor thing, surprised a burglar in the house - the shock was such she lost her voice for a year. She has a voice which, at my mother's funeral, reduced everybody to tears - the beauty of the voice and the occasion - not really sad because Mummy was 2 months short of 100 and the last few years had NOT been happy. I have a daughter here - we have some laughs, too much wine - went out to lunch - little open - restaurant OK but because of Mr G's needs we were put in the big, empty, cold part - better at home in warm kitchen with a sandwich. Can't afford to get together too often with this daughter - we share a passion for champagne. Looked at medical dictionary - breathing is part of the discipline of yoga - obviously, really - so will take ratg advice to heart - Mr G out of respite 2 days, daughter here all that time - but I can feel the stress rates rising already. I settled to make a 'blue-print' for life, high-lighting the 'bad' places - holes shot in it already - grin and bear it order of day, but nearer tears than grinning. I think I replied to your blog, Jul, too lengthily - crave forgiveness - writing does have the same effect as deep breathing, concentrates the mind.

the room above the garage Sun, Jan 8th 2017 @ 10:31pm

Hello TG, I always love hearing your charms me. Reading "when I first hyper ventilated..." makes me start laughing (sorry, not funny!) and I'm intrigued to hear all the stories surrounding each time! I'm sorry though...when I hear you are nearer to tears than to grinning. Familiar. I'm glad you have your daughter with you, laugh and sip champagne, why not, take what relief you can. I hope you have a peaceful night my dear, love from Scotland xx.

LP Sun, Jan 8th 2017 @ 9:32pm

Hi ratg,
Beautifully short, simple and doable.
I think it is good also to notice which of your hands move as you breathe in. The one on your chest or the one on your tummy.
If its the one on your chest, try on the next breath in to make the one on your tummy move ( diaphragmatic breathing) as it is more relaxing than shallow breathing just from the chest.
For me it'll be good to try focusing as you suggest on breathing out completely.
Out with the old, in with the new! :) LP xx

the room above the garage Sun, Jan 8th 2017 @ 10:37pm

Hello LP, how are you? Was definitely always a shallow chest breather (sounds like I need arrested!) and now I breathe into the tummy. When stressed I've noticed I am holding my breath and breathing very wonder I get a racing heart!!! In yoga it's longer out than in to calm and the opposite to awaken. Bigger and more would do me! Not sniggering at all. Nope.

LP Mon, Jan 9th 2017 @ 12:22am

I'm ok thanks. You? Headspace has been great, thanks again for that! A strange week with my dad going into hospital oddly with breathing difficulties. He was discharged today after a week. Alcohol a big issue, so the time did him good but he doesnt seem interested in giving up. Might get him doing some yogic breathing! :) xx

the room above the garage Tue, Jan 10th 2017 @ 12:47pm

I'm sorry to hear about your dad being in hospital. Do you feel giving up is in his best interests? I hope it is not the cause of his health issues and that balance can be found xxx.

Lexi Mon, Jan 9th 2017 @ 12:47pm

Love this RATG! Often I do forget to breathe. Good reminder. xo Lexi

the room above the garage Tue, Jan 10th 2017 @ 12:48pm

:-) keep breathing is often all we have! xx

The Gardener Mon, Jan 9th 2017 @ 3:37pm

Late PS on breathing - I learned to swim very late (no opportunities as a war child) scared stiff getting out of depth - and forget to breathe altogether, so sink

the room above the garage Tue, Jan 10th 2017 @ 12:48pm

It is such a natural thing to feel fear and stop breathing. As though we can freeze time... Can you swim now?

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