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Today’s post is a quick reminder to take a time out when you need it.  Simple breathing exercises can help you relax and calm your mood.  A few minutes of breathing meditation can help clear your mind for the rest of your day.  Here are a few ideas:


Shoulder Shrugs:
  • Stand or sit up with a straight spine.
  • Inhale and shrug your shoulders up towards your ears, creating tension.
  • Exhale and roll your shoulder blades down and back.
  • Repeat 4-5 times.

Sharp exhale:
  • Sit in a chair with both feet planted on the floor, close your eyes.
  • Place one hand on your belly, just above your bellybutton.
  • Take a big inhale through your nose.
  • Let the air out of your lungs in short sharp bursts, like you’re trying to blow your nose.
  • Take about 8-10 bursts to empty your exhale entirely.
  • As you’re exhaling feel your hand on your belly move up and in with your bursts.

Countdown
  • Let your eyes float closed, seated or standing.
  • Inhale deeply through your nose, counting to 4 in your head as you do.
  • Retain your breath for a couple of seconds.
  • Exhale completely, counting down from 8 as you do.

Stress reliever
  • Let your eyes float closed, seated or standing.
  • Take a deep inhale through your nose.
  • Open your mouth and exhale completely, making an “ah” sound.

8/21/2013 02:15:26 pm

Could always go for a reminder like this during a busy week. As you can see from the timing of this comment, I have been pulling some pretty late nights recently. Overall, I am a pretty laid-back person, but it is for that reason that I can really appreciate these relaxation tips.

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