Take a Moment to Breathe

Numerous studies have proven the benefits of deep, slow, lower abdominal breathing.  Then why is it always the first thing to go? I challenge you this week, to take time to breathe. Even if its only for a quick 30 seconds. Pause, and focus on the quality of your breathe. Feel your lower abdomen rise and fall, fill with air and let it out. 

It can solve more problems than you think. 

Here’s a breathing exercise to get you started. This is one of the many breathing exercises I’ve included in my new notebook, “When it’s Hard to Love Myself.” 

Step 1: Sit in a comfortable position.

Step 2: Place one hand on your chest and one hand on your belly.

Step 3: Inhale and notice which hand moves up first, the hand on your chest or the hand on your belly.

Step 4: On the next inhale, focus on filling your belly, pushing the hand on your belly out as far as you can

Step 5: Once your belly is full of air, focus on filling your chest, pushing the hand on your chest out as far as you can.

Step 6: Exhale, emptying your belly of air, then your chest.

Step 7: Repeat for a cycle of 5 breaths.

Did you try this breathing exercise? How did it go? Comment below.