Just breathe… It’s easy to underestimate the power of breathing. After all, it’s something we do naturally all the time. Because it’s something that we do unconsciously we often don’t think about what benefits there might be to breathing consciously.
The only way to understand the benefits is to try it. For the next week, make a note to stop a few times each day and just pay attention to your breathing. Simply pause and put your attention on your breathing. Notice your breath coming in and going out of your body.
You only need to do this for a few breaths – I would say anything from 3 – 10. Then carry on with whatever it was you were doing. You may not notice anything immediately, and your mind will probably tell you this is a waste of time. However, when you do this regularly I think you’ll begin to feel more energized, you’ll have greater clarity, and you’ll feel less stressed.
It’s such a simple thing, yet when you do it regularly it can have major benefits for your body and your mind.
The key to doing this most successfully is to make sure your focus stays on your breathing while you’re doing it. You might find that thoughts start to creep in to take your attention away from your breathing. If this happens, just notice it and bring your attention back to your breath. It may take a little practice, but it’s worth it.
This technique is particularly helpful when you are in the middle of a stressful situation, or even an argument. Focus on your breathing and take a few long, slow deep breaths and you’ll find your body starts to relax a little more and you feel calmer. This enables you to handle the situation much more effectively, allowing you to respond instead of reacting.
If you are someone who has trouble meditating I think this can be just as good when you do it regularly, and it takes about 1 minute. If you forget, try setting a timer to remind you. Or at the very least you can do it first thing in the morning when you wake up and last thing at night before you go to sleep.
Try it and let me know your experience of this simple but powerful technique.
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