Breathing and Dog Cuddles

This has been quite the week, so much going on, almost all positive, but requiring quite a bit of brain power and energy. Lots of "on" time and social interaction for this ambivert.

This week, dog cuddles and breathing exercises have been keeping me sane and helping me come back down to calm when I'm anxious.

I don't think there is anything more comforting than soft, warm dog fur against my face to help me come back to the present moment. And once I'm back in the present moment, mindful breathing exercises, like box breathing or counting 4 seconds on each inhale and exhale, helps slow down my heartbeat and my racing thoughts. This helps me take a calmer more rational approach to whatever is currently causing me stress.