Panic sets in when we zoom out into the future, pondering over what ifs. The truth is that we do not know what the future holds. Analyzing it too closely is a cruel, yet all-too-usual punishment that we subject ourselves to. Fortunately, we can put an end to this insanity by shifting our focus from out there to within; from the future to the present moment. The easiest way to do this is through the breath.
By taking deep, concentrated breaths, in a moment's time, we can pull our bodies from a state of fight or flight into a relaxed parasympathetic state. In a parasympathetic state, our bodies have signaled to the brain that we are safe and can proceed with back-end functions like digestion and creative thinking. From here we are in a better position to make sound decisions and work on the tasks that are directly in front of us.
Ultimately, our power exists in the present moment. The future is being created right now. It does us no good to worry incessantly over something that may or may not occur later down the line. Our time is better spent on the tasks sitting directly in front of us. Regardless of how massive and daunting something may seem, everything can be carried out one feasible step at a time.
By focusing on our breathing, we anchor ourselves into the truth of the moment and reclaim our power. Our bodies relax, we see that we are in no immediate danger, we return home. At this point, we can transform our experience from one of chaos to calm and exciting possibilities reveal themselves to us. Everyone is swept away by the raucous currents of the mind from time to time. No biggie. Just breathe and swim yourself back to shore.