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Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 technology  research  practice

A Practice Tip

  • Practice

Start right now.

Place your hand on your heart. Notice your heart beat beneath the palm.

Think of someone or something that brings you happiness. You can’t help but gently smile.

Take a slow, deep breath. Feel your chest rise as you inhale. Feel your heart beat against the palm of your hand.

Hold for one or two counts.

Exhale slowly.

Repeat three to five times.

Remember, this practice is for you. Find your own pace, one that feels good to you.  Time your inhale and exhale to the count of five or more if you prefer.

Close your eyes, or leave them open.  Which is more natural to you?

If you are in a public place and don’t want to put your hand on your heart, that’s ok, leave that out.

Join me in practicing this simple pause to breathe three times a day. How hard can that be?

Really hard sometimes, until it becomes habit.

As a shallow breather by default, I now practice deep breathing three or more times a day to help counteract this natural propensity.

When I become immersed in my work, I stop breathing from my diaphragm. This increases both physical and mental tension.

Taking mini breaks during the day to consciously breathe helps me clear my head and body, and regain my focus.

Deep breathing also sends a signal to the brain I am relaxing and flips my mental switch from stressed to relaxed.

In a relaxed state we all have enhanced cognitive capacity and enhanced decision-making skills. We can better handle all the environmental distractions and triggers around us.

Join me in adding this simple deep breathing practice to your day.

Notice and enjoy the benefits.

Send me an email to let me know what you discover!

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