By now you probably know that I am a huge fan of writing funny, uplifting, and uplifting stories, and I love to create something that will inspire others.
But when it comes to writing about the human condition, it can sometimes feel like we’re being judged by our words.
While we might be tempted to take a page from the stories of other writers, the reality is that most of the time we’re not actually writing about real people, we’re writing about ourselves.
In fact, the biggest misconception is that we’re somehow incapable of writing about how we feel.
So I’ve spent the last few years learning how to write a breath-holding story that can be both funny and uplizing, and even inspiring.
In this article, I’ll share with you how I came to this conclusion, how I used my breath-stretching technique, and how I got some laughs out of it. 1.
How to Breathe-Stretch The First Time The first thing I do when I sit down to write is start with my breathing technique.
It’s something I’ve always used, but it’s never been my go-to for writing.
For one, I always get bored of breathing and find myself getting frustrated.
And even if I do, it feels unnatural.
The thing is, breathing is an involuntary movement, so I always want to get out of the position I’m in.
After a few minutes, I’m not so sure it’s possible to do.
But once I realize that I don’t need to get up, I stop and start again.
This allows me to feel relaxed and let my mind settle.
After awhile, I think it’s okay to stop and try again, but I still want to breathe as deeply as possible.
That’s when I find myself struggling to breathe deeply enough to feel a sense of calm.
It can be frustrating, but that’s okay.
When I’m feeling down, I can always try again.
And when I feel energized, I might find myself feeling like I can’t breathe any more.
If I’ve been struggling with a difficult breath, I will go through a series of breath-holds.
These will last anywhere from five to twenty minutes.
After each breath- hold, I do my best to maintain the rhythm and flow of my breathing.
For the first time, I breathe out slowly, and then slowly back in.
I think about the breath- holds and my mind goes to work.
I try to make my breathing as clear and focused as possible, so that I can focus on the content of the story and not worry about my breathing too much.
I might pause to think, “Wouldn’t it be cool if I could just breathe out as if it were just one breath, right?”
Then I do it again.
I want to make sure that the next breath-release is exactly as easy as the first.
The goal is to be able to breathe with no pressure or effort at all, and the more relaxed I get, the more likely I am to succeed.
After three to five breaths, I realize I have my breath on a timer.
The timer is a breathing device that allows me a visual cue that says when I’ve reached a certain level of relaxation.
For example, when I’m at a point where I can feel like my breathing is just right, I start to breathe in a steady, steady, and deliberate manner.
If my mind is still, I may not even notice the breath timer is ticking down.
When the timer hits zero, I pause for a second and let myself relax.
It helps me relax my mind and focus on my breath.
After the breather is gone, I try again with my breath, but this time I breathe for longer, holding my breath longer.
I can still feel the breath in my chest, so there’s no reason to stop the breathing.
If the breath is just barely moving in and out, it’s probably time to slow down.
I find it easier to breathe at my own pace than when I pause to breathe.
When this happens, I often find myself trying to force my breathing to come faster.
It doesn’t feel as natural as I would like, so it feels good to try again and see if it feels better.
If it does, I relax and move on to the next step.
How To Breathe After the First Breath-Hold I find that this technique works best for people who are struggling with anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues.
But it works for anyone who has difficulty staying focused.
For some people, it works especially well for people whose anxiety can be very debilitating.
The technique can also be effective for people with other breathing challenges.
For me, it felt very natural to begin by breathing slowly for five to ten seconds.
I then slowly breathe in as deep as I can.
It takes about two to three breaths to feel comfortable. I