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Your breath mirrors your state
Your breath is a perfect reflection of your state. Your breath will be a giveaway if you are nervous, angry, scared, excited, stressed. It’s the biggest ‘tell’ going.
- If you are anxious your breathing will be high, rapid and shallow
- If you are relaxed your breathing will be slower, deeper and lower in your body.
By being aware of your breath and breathing in a way that is complimentary to your situation, you can really make a difference to your concentration, performance and well-being. People who do yoga and pilates will understand this well. In yoga, you can get a much better stretch on the out breath. So simple but effective.
So the next time you are in a situation where it would be useful to get control, STOP. Be aware your breath. Where is it in your body? Is it fast or slow? High or slow?
There are many breathing exercises you could do and I would recommend trying a few and finding one that works for you. It really can be as simple as 3 really good slow breathes giving you back control. Changing your state. Relaxing your body and mind.
Here is a simple breathing exercise from the NHS that you might like to try:
This calming breathing technique for stress, anxiety and panic takes just a few minutes and can be done anywhere.
You will get the most benefit if you do it regularly, as part of your daily routine.
You can do it standing up, sitting in a chair that supports your back, or lying on a bed or yoga mat on the floor.
Make yourself as comfortable as you can. If you can, loosen any clothes that restrict your breathing.
If you’re lying down, place your arms a little bit away from your sides, with the palms up. Let your legs be straight, or bend your knees so your feet are flat on the floor.
If you’re sitting, place your arms on the chair arms.
If you’re sitting or standing, place both feet flat on the ground. Whatever position you’re in, place your feet roughly hip-width apart.
- Let your breath flow as deep down into your belly as is comfortable, without forcing it.
- Try breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth.
- Breathe in gently and regularly. Some people find it helpful to count steadily from one to five. You may not be able to reach five at first.
- Then, without pausing or holding your breath, let it flow out gently, counting from one to five again, if you find this helpful.
- Keep doing this for three to five minutes.
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This blog is one in a 30 day series about self-development and practical lists we will be making to enhance our lives. I’m using these blogs to provide coaching and advice in my capacity as a qualified coach and Hypnotherapist working locally in West Sussex and Worldwide on Skype.
Quick review of yesterday’s list:
Yesterday you wrote a list of ways and times you would like to feel more motivated. Are you changing your state today and achieving more?
Your breath list
Today’s list is to think about times where you think breathing could help you get more control. I expect the school run or daily commute to be on there!
See you tomorrow.
Honey (Sussex based Hypnotherapist that helps people with stop smoking, anxiety, weight loss, stress and depression).