Breath is a magnificent thing. Really. Of course we need to breathe to exist, but we often forget how important breath is for mental health and stress management. Our brains need oxygen to thrive and breath is also a pretty simple tool in practicing mindfulness. And when we are most present and mindful we are also usually our most grounded. Cassandra Vieten, PhD, author of Mindful Motherhood, offers a fabulous audio breathing meditation on her website. Please take a listen here. This 25 minute guided meditation and focus on breath is a gift to new moms who are feeling overwhelmed, depressed, anxious, or simply in need of a quiet moment.