I have a friend that used to have that one word written on a post-it, stuck to her computer at work. She put it there to remind herself to take deep breaths every once in awhile. It's advice we can all use;.
When is the last time you took a long, deep, inhale? Had an exhale so full that you felt tension release from your whole body? Learning this classic technique is an easy way to incorporate a deep breath into your day wherever you are.
Please note that the diaphragm is a muscle. If you find this breath technique hard to maintain, you're not alone! Keep at it and soon it will be easier.
A seated position works for this, but I find lying down on my back is the best way to feel my stomach move in and out.
-Place one hand on your belly, one hand on your chest. The hand on the belly should rise and fall with your breath.
-Inhale deeply through the nose, feel the belly push out
-Exhale and feel the belly relax back down
That's it. I recommend 1 - 5 minutes to begin with, adding more time as you can. Lifting the belly away from the body on the inhale engages the diaphragm, flattening it out. It takes a little effort and attention to detail in the beginning, so keep trying!
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