How about I share an easy as pie breathing technique that can be very useful in improving focus and relaxing those angsty jitters we sometimes get?
If you are interested in delving into more, the book that it comes from is The Healing Power of the Breath: Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Enhance Concentration, and Balance Your Emotions.
Simply put, breath moving is the practice of using your imagination to move your breath throughout your body. Here’s part of a circuit the authors offer in that book I mentioned above:
- As you inhale [nice and slow now], imagine you’re moving your breath to the top of your head.
- As you breathe out [nice and slow again], imagine you are moving your breath to the base of your spine.
- Each time you inhale, move it back up to the top of your head, and each time you exhale, move it back down to the base of your spine.
- Do this for 10 cycles, and then take note of how you feel..
“By voluntarily changing the rate, depth, and pattern of breathing, we can change the messages being sent from the body’s respiratory system to the brain.”
Think on that for a second. Sometimes we hold or breath when we shouldn’t (and sometimes we are sucking in that air and spitting it out a little too fast if we are spinning out). How many times have you had to be reminded to breathe?
Aaaand now you’ve got this in your back pocket – please give it a try! Start out just doing it once a day – at the very least – give yourself that time, you deserve it!