One of my students must have noticed my inner tension in my last conversation with him. He later sent me a quick note:
“Just breathe, Dr. Bradford.”
I laughed somewhat, recognizing that the persona I adopt as a college professor is quite different from the persona I adopt as a certified yoga instructor. Because he knows that I practice and teach holistic wellness outside of academia, he will often send gentle reminders for me to live more like this at work. Oftentimes, I will indeed forget to breathe.