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Appreciate breathing

Mindfulness is such an important matter, especially to our business. Now, people are starting to get a sense of normality back into their lives; However, it doesn't stop some of us still feeling low and unmotivated.

In times like these, it is great to practice daily mindfulness activities. This is something that will benefit you long term, but also help keep you grounded. This small activity is one I have personally practiced and it helps keep me grounded.

It's easy to lose a sense of self and life when your emotions go haywire! Everyone experiences this at some time in their life (that's okay) , what's important is finding a way that helps you cope better when this occurs.

A common symptom I encounter in these scenarios are issues with breathing, e.g. loss of control and short, quick breaths etc. I feel like I am floating and need a way to bring myself back down to earth. I have been reading a book called "Journey into Mindfulness" by Dr Patrizia Collard which has completely opened my eyes to the process of becoming mindful. This is where I have gained this exercise from.

Try this out daily and whenever you start to lose control:

Feeling your breath

  1. Sit comfortably on a chair or lie on your back. You can bend your knees, feet on the floor or put a bolster under your knees, or extend the legs a little bit more than hip-width apart.

  2. With your left palm on your belly, place your right hand: Beneath the left collarbone - keep it here and feel the breath Into the left armpit - keep it here and feel the breath

  3. Now change sides.

  4. Make soft fists and place them just below the sternum, and then place the palms softly at the side of the ribcage, on the belly and on the groin area where the thighs meet the pelvis

  5. Experience and feel your breathing. Practice a few times and see how different you feel.

I hope you find this as effective as I did! remember it takes time and practice for things to have a longer term effect. Keep going and let us know what you think in the comments.

Stay Fresh and Relaxed


Exercise Credit:

Collard, P. (2015).Journey into Mindfulness. Great Britain: Bounty Books.

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