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. She completed her internship at the National Psychology Training Consortium with specializations in assessment and rural mental health. Currently, she specializes in trauma-informed and neurodiversity-affirming care, and she is certified in telemental health. Dr. Marschall runs a private practice, RMH Therapy, where she provides individual and family therapy as well as psychological assessments across the lifespan. Dr. Amy Marschall is an author and professional speaker.

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