I was in my bootcamp class today, mid-mountain climbers, and realized I was holding my breath. “Oh, Gawd BREATHE”.
It’s not the first time during exercising I’ve had to remind myself to breathe. I often find myself holding my breath doing whatever it is, then realize that turning blue in class is probably not a good idea. Also, being passed out on the floor would likely be frowned upon…not to mention a tad embarrassing. “HEY COACH, WHY IS SHE LYING DOWN?! IS THIS A NEW BURPEE MOVE WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT?!” Then, everyone would be pissed and trying to do the new move that’s really not new, I’m just PASSED OUT THANKS, BUT DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME. Now, I’ve taken to telling myself to breathe before class starts and whenever I find myself getting too caught up in an exercise. It’s also a good idea to remind oneself to BREATHE during the day, even when not doing Burpees x 100, or face down doing plank jacks.
It’s not something that one should forget easily, I mean, breathing is as natural as, well, breathing but today I did catch myself NOT breathing. It got me wondering how many other times I neglect to breathe during simple things and should be more self-aware. Like, do I forget to breathe when I’m driving? When I’m sleeping? When I’m working? HOW DOES SOMEBODY FORGET TO BREATHE?! It’s ridiculous, really. It’s like saying “Oh, I forgot to eat today.” THAT NEVER HAPPENS TO ME. Or, I FORGOT TO BUY WINE. If that happens, I’m sure to be headed for the home. So how does something so basic, so part of BEING HUMAN, be forgotten?
I guess it’s in line with so many other basic nuances of being a person that gets shoved aside during a busy day or week or life. We forget to appreciate a warm day, a smile from someone we haven’t seen in a while, or a hot cup of coffee. We forget what being little is like or that being a teen is dramatic and exhausting, and being a young adult can be scary. We forget that not so long ago, the internet was new and exciting technology and playing hide and seek outside was the ONLY thing we did that was fun. We forget that the simple act of walking is a gift many of us cannot enjoy and that living and breathing every day, is our greatest joy. We forget the basic simplicity of being human; the basic everyday pleasure of being alive and breathing.
Trying to be mindful and self-aware takes practice; one that I am in need of, obviously. I read that a simple deep breath can calm your system down and give you the much needed oxygen to your brain to enhance those thinking cells and good vibrations. It releases bad toxins and gets some much needed space to feel rejuvenated and refreshed. A simple deep breath can do all of that. Huh.
So can a bottle of wine, but usually drinking at one’s place of employment is not looked upon favourably. AND, side plank with a sip-dip, anyone? Yeah. New exercise. BYOB…
I have to try to remember to just breathe through all of that negativity people throw around like, “You’re doing that wrong” or “You should really rethink that shirt” or “Giving people the finger through their office door is not the professional behaviour we expect of you.”
IT WAS ONLY ONE TIME AND I FORGOT I HADN’T HAD A BREATH IN A WHILE.
I’m going to go take a few deep breaths, now and appreciate that I CAN.
And open that wine…
Sip and breathe, and sip and breathe….
Me. After wine.