Your breath is a Virtue

 

Did you ever have one of those days where time was zooming by, and not because you were having fun?

 

I had one of those days this week.  I had to get the kids ready for school, drop them off, take my car to get serviced, work, pick up clothes from the drycleaners, trying to get my workout in, and then pick up my kids from school and then that is a whole new list of things that need to get done.

 

I was feeling overwhelmed and struggling to fit everything in before pick-up.  I felt like I was on the verge of tears for no real reason and I was super irritable.  Someone drove down my street too fast.  I felt like shaking my fist at them telling them to slow down.

 

This isn’t my normal M.O.  I was stressed and overwhelmed.  It wasn’t a fun feeling for me, or anyone near me.  I knew this wasn’t my norm, so I took some Virtue.  I took some before I left to pick up my kids and wait in the pickup line.

 

While driving to their school I actually noticed my breath.  It wasn’t that I wasn’t breathing before, but I must have been taking short/shallow breaths because about 20 minutes after taking Virtue I notice that I could breathe. 

 

When I get stressed I noticed that my breath is short and shallow.  About 10 years ago when I was a director of an eating disorder facility, I would make bracelets to patients who graduated the program.  The bracelet would have a meaningful/inspirational word stamped on it. 

 

I made one for myself at that time.  It said “BREATHE”. Even then I knew that I held my breath when stressed, and boy did Virtue help me breathe again. 

 

Your breath is a Virtue. 

 

Your mental health is a Virtue.

 

You are a Virtue.