1: Belly Breathing
When’s the last time you thought about HOW you breathe? Most of us move through the day taking short, shallow breaths without realizing it. But the art of belly breathing— taking deep breaths all the way into your diaphragm, can help relieve tension and increase oxygen flow.
It also provides a much-needed moment of focus on the present— the perfect opportunity for a daily mindfulness practice.
To give belly breathing a try, place one hand just below your ribs and the other hand on your chest. Breathe in deeply through your nose. (You should feel your ribcage expanding, pushing your hand out!) Then, push the air out through pursed lips (like a whistle)! Repeat the process 5-10 times.
While you’re belly breathing, focus on the pattern of the breath...in through the nose, into the belly, out through your mouth. Shut out the noise of the day, the stress of your to-do list, and any anxiety or negativity. Stay present and let your breath keep you grounded.
You’ll end up feeling more relaxed, more mindful, and more committed to slowing down, at least for a few moments!