Many of us tend to run through our day from one task to another, one place to another without much thought to how our bodies and minds are coping. We tend to think because we are on the go (active and getting tasks done) we are productive and in excellent shape. This may not be true.
When we are running about …rushing through lunch and even toilet breaks (true for many people) we are not taking in enough oxygen, we are not soothing our frazzled nerves or taking note of our own internal communication (sensations in the body and emotions) which is telling us to slow down or take a second look or take care of an immediate need…
Take a breathing break…it is only three minutes, and can make a big difference in a busy and demanding day.
- sit down and close your eyes
- breathe in from your nose slowly and steadily (without forcing your body, hence, moving the shoulders too much) allowing your lungs to expand and fill
- hold the breath for the count to of 5 (if you are a new to this, hold to the count of 3 first)
- then slowly, smoothly breath our from your mouth (yes, part your lips)
- breathing out slowly and completely, empty your lungs … you can take your time
- now breathe in again (repeat step 2 – 5)
You can do 5 deep breathing for a start then slowly work your way up to 10 during the week. Take care of yourself, take two breathing breaks a day. And really spoil yourself before you go to sleep by taking another breathing break to help you relax and sleep soundly.
Breathing breaks will help you regain a calmer body and mind, improves alertness, energise the body and more.
Don’t just take my word, try it out …
Attend a half-day workshop on the 15th Feb 2014 and learn how to control the level of stress in your life.
- Be more alert
- Have more energy
- Sleep better
- Be in the present and more calm…