SAMARITAN CENTER: The power of breath

By Jessica Kvasnicka, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Often we share the sentiment of time is flying by so quickly in every day conversation. It feels like we just took down the winter holiday decorations the day before and we are already planning activities to beat the heat of summer that is upon us. It’s easy to get wrapped up in day-to-day tasks that at times seem to have no end.

Burnout has become a buzzword for many in the workplace and in the home. Schedules are overloaded and take the appearance of several spinning plates that constantly need to be attended to or else they all end up in pieces on the ground. Take a breath.

Reconnecting with our bodies and being mindful for a few short minutes can reduce stress and pressures of life. Take five minutes to sit and breathe. Be aware, present, and purposeful of every breath in those little quiet moments. They have the power to ground our thoughts and relieve some of the pressure of the day. It may seem silly or unnatural at first but taking these small breaks three to four times a day can improve a person’s mental and physical health tremendously. These are not selfish acts but acts of love and care. When we take care of ourselves, we are also taking care of those around us. Take a breath.

Samaritan Center is proud to announce the addition of new psychiatric services to our practice. We are currently taking new clients for psychiatric evaluations and medication management for mental health issues. We use a holistic approach to promote and support mental health and wellness to optimize recovery. There is hope for a better tomorrow.

Call Samaritan Center today at 432-563-4144 to schedule a visit with a counselor or psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.