The best advice I have ever received (many many times) is to remember to breathe. Such a simple concept that in theory our bodies can inherently handle and yet breathing is something that sometimes feels like a skill that could use some mastery.I notoriously forget to breathe when lifting weights or any time I have blood drawn (I have a fear of needles and that is perfectly ok). I also find whenever I am feeling worried or stressed, stopping to take 5 deep breaths can have such an immediate and dramatic (in a good way) response for my body. Tension releases, racing thoughts slow down, it’s almost like by taking five deep breaths I manage to push a reset button. However, mindful breathing shouldn’t just be reserved for times of acute stress. Studies have shown taking even five minutes per day to participate in the act of mindful breathing can have an incredibly positive impact on our health.
The best part, is that breathing exercises can be completed wherever you are (I like to practice laying on my couch!), no is equipment is needed and the practice is completely free!!
Give yourself five minutes today to breathe!