For our first post for Wednesday Mindfulness, we will start of by posting a quick and easy mindfulness activity – A breathing exercise!
Breathing exercises can be quick and be done anywhere by everyone - At home, at work, in school, wherever you have a few minutes to yourself. It can help reduce stress, anxiety, improve blood flow, increase energy levels, improve digestion and much more. Here is one breathing exercise that can be done in a few minutes or longer, depending on how much time you have. Before getting started, find a comfortable position. It could be in a comfortable chair, on the floor or on your bed and keep your eyes closed, as it makes it easier to focus on your breathing.
Step 1: Breathe in through your nose. Let your belly fill with air. Step 2: Breathe out through your nose. Step 3: Place one hand on your belly. Place the other hand on your chest. Step 4: As you breathe in, feel your belly rise. As you breathe out, feel your belly lower. The hand on your belly should move more than the one that's on your chest. Step 5: Take three more full, deep breaths. Breathe fully into your belly as it rises and falls with your breath.
Repeat the steps as needed. Happy breathing!
Do you do any mindfulness activities? Please share in the comments!