Happy Tuesday everyone!!
I hope your day is going fabulous.
Over the weekend, I was asked “how do you practice self-care when you stay so busy?”
I was very excited to share with her my daily “break time” routine.
In addition to my full time job and writing my blog, I’m also a college student, I’m active in sports with my son, as well as prayer group, bible study, yoga and most recently a painting class. I do, however, get tired, frustrated and sometimes just plain ole over stimulated with it all.
So to answer the question, I do an exercise I learned during yoga class….I BREATHE! Of course we all breathe, we’d die if we didn’t, but how many of us consciously pay attention to our breathing.
Let’s try this exercise together:
Step 1. Set a 1 minute timer(start)
Step 2. Deeply inhale for 4 full seconds (slowly count 1….2…3….4…)
Step 3. Exhale for 4 full seconds(again slowly count as you exhale 1…..2….3…..4….)
Step 4. MOST IMPORTANT STEP: pay close attention to breathing ONLY!
Step 5. repeat steps 2, 3 and 4 for the entire minute.
As you are doing this exercise, sit still, if you are able to do so, close your eyes.♥
Keep in mind, this exercise doesn’t work if you make a To Do list in your mind as you breathe , or think about all the stuff you have to do as soon as the minute is up. Actively think of nothing, concentrate and listen to your breath.
Once I learned this, and yes as simple as it is I had to LEARN how to do it, but once I learned how to do this effectively, it become part of my work day routine. And I, as well as some of my co workers, am glad I did.
Adding more oxygen to my body and emptying my mind, even for just that minute put me in a better head space.
Some days I take 1 minute, some days longer…..but it helps.
Try this breathing exercise for yourself and share your outcome in the comments below.
Until next week…..Remember to LoveU
“Its ok to put yourself first in your own life”
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