If you’re at work right now and you feel like you’ve been put through the spin cycle,
TAKE A MOMENT TO BREATHE!
That’s right, take a nice slow deep breath! For fun, take 2 more deep breaths!
How do you feel now?
Breathe normally now and just focus on the breath as it enters and exits your body. Close your eyes if you can. Listen to the sound of the breath. Focus on the moment between the exhalation and inhalation and again between the inhalation and exhalation.
According to Sheila Patel MD, some of the benefits of a regular practice of simple, deep breathing include:
- Reduced anxiety and depression
- Lower/stabilized blood pressure
- Increased energy levels
- Muscle relaxation
- Decreased feelings of stress and overwhelm
For those of you focused on health, imagine the positive health effects of the breath. For those of you focused on relationships, imagine how much more patient or less reactive you could be. For those thinking about productivity, communication, self-development, etc., need I say more? Imagine feeling some kind of benefit every day for the rest of your life!
For more information on specific breathing techniques and the benefits of the breath, just Google it and you’ll find more than 1.5 million results.
The purpose of this post is just a simple reminder to do it. Following the exercise above, you’ll have to engage your power of choice to do it again!
It’s free to breathe and it can be done anywhere, so if you enjoyed the exercise above even a little or your own version of it, what can you do at this moment to incorporate a few moments of focused breathing into your day?