Breathing with the Waves

Good morning, and welcome to another week! As you might know from Armani’s mewsletter last weekend, we were fortunate to go on a beach getaway over the 4th of July weekend.

Usually, I prefer to stay on the beach and enjoy the sounds and smells of the water rather than actually going in because the ocean is beautiful but terrifying. I also hate the sensation of water in my nose.

Ocean and sky

When you’re in the water and you see the wave coming at you, there is an impulse to take a deep breath. In anticipation of getting pulled under, you want to fill your lungs as much as possible, but this often leads to a mouthful of salt water. It’s better to exhale as the wave hits you, dive under, and come back up.

I saw a social media post a while back that said creating is like breathing: sometimes we are inhaling (producing our own creations), and other times we are exhaling (resting). No one can create constantly – we all need rest.

In times of high stress, it can be tempting to take that big breath, push ourselves to do something, make something, be “productive.” But that can backfire and do more harm than good. It’s not only okay to exhale, but essential.

Low tide at night

You deserve to rest. Let yourself exhale.

Published by Dr Marschall

Dr. Amy Marschall received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. Her clinical interests are varied and include child and adolescent therapy, TF-CBT, rural psychology, telemental health, sexual and domestic violence, psychological assessment, and mental illness prevention. Dr. Marschall presently works in the Child and Adolescent Therapy Clinic at Sioux Falls Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she provides individual and family therapy and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, and college students. She also facilitates an art therapy group for adolescents and college students with anxiety and depression. Dr. Amy Marschall is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Telemental Health.

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