Notes from P.E.
I’m taking a P.E. class this term called Self-Defense for Women. We have only had one meeting, but so far, I am loving it.
The list of why is long, but definitely ranking near the top is this little tidbit of information I picked up there:
Panic is a physical response, and it has a physical solution.
The solution? To breathe.
My paraphrased understanding is that when we panic our body tenses up. This tension constricts are breathing, limits our oxygen supply, and our ability to respond effectively and efficiently to our surroundings.
But if we focus on the act of inhaling and exhaling, our body will relax to allow us to take those deep and essential breaths. With oxygen and a body that is calm rather than rigid, we can better handle and adapt to our environment.
Hopefully we will never have to respond to those situations the instructor is equipping my class for. But the importance of breathing, of calming our body and clearing our mind, carries over into every aspect of our lives.
And I love the idea that while those situations that induce my panic may be beyond my control or ability to fix, my panic itself is something I can manage. The way I respond to those situations is something I can control. And it is as simple as allowing myself to breathe.