Wellness Tool #2: Breathing
I first learned the importance of breathing to our overall wellness during my hospital stay over five years ago. I discovered that my breathing was short and choppy and I learned deep breathing exercises to help lengthen my inhales and exhales to help smooth it out. Today, I use deep breathing as a way of helping me with anxiety and depression. After several minutes of deep breathing I am able to recognize that my problems do not need to be solved immediately, however, I need to schedule a time to deal with them.
Stephan is a Peer Support Specialist at the Outpatient Clinic in Wilmington, North Carolina. Stephan says, “My six years of recovery and four plus years as an RI employee has helped me to realize my meaning and purpose in life – trying to help other people.”