I want to share with you a relaxing and rejuvenating technique that’s so quick and easy that you’ll probably be suspicious about how effective it could possibly be – I can assure you that it does work and I use it on a daily basis.
I use it for connecting back to myself when I’m working. Hours and hours spent writing in front of the computer can leave me with a racing mind, mentally fatigued and slightly agitated. It calms my mind, allows my whole body to relax, and creates space for me to be able to think creatively again. I use it a few times a day just to check back in with myself. It’s also very good for calming anxiety.
So what is this magical elixir?
OK it’s not just simply to breathe. We spend every second of our life breathing and if we stopped we’d be dead. But this technique takes only around a minute so why not give it a go?
How do you feel? Better right?
I only realised how to do this after discovering Pranayama techniques in India – which is an incredibly powerful breathing practice used by Yogis. I was shocked that something as simple as breathing, something that we do subconsciously, can improve one’s wellbeing if done only slightly differently. When I came home I applied what I’d learned to my daily life.
How do you breathe? I used to walk around paying no attention to my breath whatsoever – perhaps even holding it, or breathing very shallowly.
Tip: If you find that your breathing feels restricted around the chest area this could be because your shoulders are hunched up with tension so try some head rotations to release the stress in that area.
I love this because it’s a free tool, that we have unlimited access to, that we can do anywhere. On the train, in the bath, at work, in a meeting, on a plane, in the pub. Wherever and whenever you feel like it.
P.S Let me know how you get on.