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A Breath of Fresh Air 🧘🏻‍♂️🗣

If you’re anything like me, the thought of slowing down & taking it easy can be hard to master.

We all have deadlines to meet, to-do lists to check off & a whole myriad of tasks that seem to never end.

Something I’ve found recently is that taking even 5-10 minutes out of your day to really focus on recharging your mental energy can be invaluable.

I’ll be the first to admit that I can actually be pretty lazy (in a slightly ironic sense) about focusing on my breathing control.

But here’s the thing, it absolutely works & there’s science to support it too.

2 Kinds of Pathetic 🤔

In one of my first posts, I touched on the subject of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) & I mentioned the idea of our bodies being very much still Neanderthal in many ways.

One of these ways is the interaction between our stress (flight/flight) & relaxed (rest/digest) states.

In the increasingly manic world we live in, stress is all around us & it can be increasingly difficult to balance these processes.

Ever felt that familiar brain fog, irritability or even indigestion issues?

That’s often down to your body’s sympathetic control or stress in simple terms.

This is where breathing comes in, & more specifically meditation.

Taking a few minutes to control our breathing, via deep inhalations through the nose & out through the mouth can have a huge impact on our ability to reset.

It’s simply a way of returning ourselves to a more parasympathetic state.

This allows the brain to function at its best & allows us to be better focused, more energised & can boost our mood too.

Is Your Head a Jungle 🌴?

Something I recommend quite often is Headspace.

It's a brilliant service & one that doesn't get used nearly enough.

*If you're still a student with a Spotify Premium subscription, Headspace is Free*.

It was launched by Andy Puddicombe & Rich Pierson in 2010, designed to give the masses a chance to learn the benefits of meditation no matter their current goals.

And I can absolutely vouch for it being worth its weight in gold & then some.

Just goes to show, that being 'sympathetic' may not always be good for you 😃.

Happy Balancing,

DM

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