We all get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life.
Go to work.
What ever order you do it in, it’s over and over again, day by day, week by week, and before we know it, it’s all over. That is why I’m here to say:
Take a moment to breathe, listen, and refresh your mind. Yes, we may “relax” by going on Facebook or Pinterest, reading the news, or watching T.V. but those are not refreshing our mind set and letting us live in the moment. A great way to just shut everything out and focus on YOU for a moment is belly breathing.
It is a technique of breathing that slows down your whole body, turns off your fight or flight system (sympathetic nervous system), and lets your body find time to digest, heal, and wind down. Honestly, I don’t do this too often and really should do it more, but I suggest doing it at least once a day for 15 minutes.
Where To Do It
Anywhere! Do it where you are now – standing, sitting, lying down, driving – anywhere you are. Stop and belly breathe!
I like to do it right when I’m ready to go to sleep. It helps turn off my brain, let my body relax, and let me have a better sleep.
How To Do It
Pretend your stomach is a red balloon. Put your hands on and feel it. As you breathe in, you push your stomach muscles out, slowly inflating that red balloon, until is about to burst. And then you slowly breathe out your nose, letting it all deflate. You want your muscles and breath to be synchronous (in motion together). They are flowing, in and out, as slow as possible. Make sure you push ALL the air out of the balloon before you let any new air in.
Imagine fresh air coming in to be positive vibes, positive thoughts, dreams, wishes, and smiles. The air going out is negative thoughts, worries, stresses, and tasks of the days. Really suck all that positive air in, fill that great balloon. And sincerely push all that negative out of your life, deflating your red balloon.
Continue until you feel relaxed, your muscles wilt, and your mind is free.