This year I’ve become much more aware of conscious breathing . . .
 
Breathing is essential to life . . . we know that . . . but can we become better breathers and will it matter?
 
Mindful, conscious breathing impacts every area of our health! It’s free, you don’t have to break a sweat, you don’t need a special outfit, you don’t have to go anywhere, you can do it anytime, and just one minute makes a difference!
 
The problem? Breathing is automatic (sub-conscious), so we don’t need to think about it and we don’t give it the credit it deserves. Conscious, mindful, loving breathing:
  • Is calming
  • Can support and reset your vagus nerve
  • Is energizing
  • Can reduce stress-related diseases
  • Can reduce anxiety and depression
  • Can increase mental focus skills
  • Calms the nervous system (takes you out of sympathetic/fight or flight mode)
  • Can improve digestion and can even make you a better athlete!
  • IS FREE!
What makes it hard?
  • It’s easy to not do it
  • It seems too simple
  • It requires daily practice
  • Even 1 minute, 3 times a day will create amazing results for you.
Here’s your simple, get-started breathing drill
  • Sit up straight – tall posture – quite room
  • Elbows and forearms resting on a table or chair arms
    • This helps keep you from breathing with your upper chest and shoulders
  • Breathe in slowly and quietly through your nose, expanding your full rib cage without raising your shoulders or upper chest
  • Hold briefly at the end of the inhale
  • Exhale quietly and slowly through your nose – take about twice the time you did on the inhale
  • At the end of the exhale hold until you feel an urge to breathe (could be 5-30 seconds)
  • Slowly inhale and repeat the process for 6 breaths – this will take about a minute
  • Try to focus only on your breathing and avoid thinking about anything else
If you’re a member of our EASY Approach Program, be sure to check out the new video series on breathing drills.
Action Step: When you hit a moment of overwhelm, pause and breathe. One minute of conscious, loving breathing is a the simpliest and more affordable action you can take to calm your nervous system.