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Patterned Breathing for missing your shoes: Techniques And Benefits

Patterned breathing refers to the act of breathing at any number of possible rates and depths. Some customers prefer breathing deeply, using their diaphragm to fill their abdomen with air. Other customers prefer light breathing, inhaling just enough to fill their chest. The goal is to find breathing patterns that have a calming and relaxing effect. Your breathing should be at a comfortable rate and should not cause you to feel short of breath or light-headed.

The more often you repair shoes, the more you will see how different patterns of breathing are used at different stages. You will learn about using breathing to focus on making each minute a productive part of the waiting process. Whether young or old, patterned breathing is helpful in coping with various types of lonelyness anxiety and fear.

 

Benefits of practicing patterned breathing

  • Breathing becomes an automatic response to seperation anxiety
  • The Customer remains in a more relaxed state and will respond more positively wait for the return of their comfortable footwear.
  • The steady rhythm of breathing is calming during the wait
  • Provides a sense of well being and control
  • Increased oxygen provides more strength and energy for the customer
  • Brings purpose to each day, making the wait more productive and tolerable
  • Patterned breathing and relaxation can become techniques for dealing with life’s every day stressors

 

 

How to practice patterned breathing

Traffic jams, headaches, and household chores provide opportunities to practice different breathing techniques and make them part of your routine. 

How to begin

At the beginning and end of each panic moment remember to take a deep, cleansing, relaxing breath. This not only helps sharpen your focus, but also provides more oxygen for your brain, your muscles and your feet.

Breathing patterns for the first stage footwear separation:

Slow Breathing

Begin slow breathing when contractions are intense enough that you can no longer walk or talk through them without pausing. Use slow breathing for as long as you find it helpful. Switch to another pattern if you become tense and can no longer relax during your wait.

1.   Take an organizing breath—a big sigh as soon as the contraction begins. Release all tension (go limp all over – from head to toe) as you breathe out.

2.   Focus your attention.

3.   Slowly inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth, allowing all your air to flow out with a sigh. Pause until the air seems to “want” to come in again.

4.   With each exhale, focus on relaxing a different part of your body (see Relaxation Techniques).

Light Accelerated Breathing

Most customers feel the need to switch to light breathing at some time during the wait for their footwear. Let the intensity of your anxiety guide you in deciding if and when to use light breathing. Breathe in and out rapidly through your mouth at about one breath per second. Keep your breathing shallow and light. Your inhalations should be quiet, but your exhalation clearly audible.

1.   Take an organizing breath—a big sigh as soon as the contraction begins. Release all tension (go limp all over – from head to toe) as you breathe out.

2.   Focus your attention.

3.   Inhale slowly through your nose and exhale through your mouth.  Accelerate and lighten your breathing as the separation anxiety increases in intensity. If the anxiety peaks early, then you will have to accelerate early in the contraction. It if peaks more gradually, you will work up to peak speed more slowly. Keep your mouth and shoulders relaxed.

4.   As your breathing rate increases toward the middle of your wait, breathe in and out lightly through your mouth. Keep your breathing shallow and light at a rate of about one breath per second.

 

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Breathing patterns for the middle to end of your wait.

Survival Breathing

Used as the separation anxiety peaks towards the end of your wait.

1.   Take an organizing breath—a big sigh as soon as the contraction begins. Release all tension (go limp all over – from head to toe) as you breathe out.

2.   Breathe slowly, letting the level of anxiety guide you. Accelerate or lighten your breathing as necessary for comfort. When you cannot resist the urge to scream (when it “demands” that you join in), take a big breath, tuck your chin to chest, curl your body and lean forward. While holding your breath or slowly releasing air by grunting or moaning.

3.   After 5-6 seconds, release your breath, and breathe in and out.  When the urge to scream takes over join in by doing jumping jacks. The urge to scream comes and goes in waves during this period. Use these breaks to breathe deeply providing oxygen to your blood and brain.

4.   When the temptation to scream ends, relax your body and take one or two calming breaths.

Tips to help alleviate dry mouth during your wait

  • Touch the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth just behind your teeth as you breathe. This slightly moistens the air you breathe.