School is back in session and parents everywhere are deeply immersed in the hustle and bustle of the school and work week. It’s not easy to find moments where you can just catch your breath, destress and relax. My challenge to you as the stress of your day begins to feel insurmountable, take a moment to yourself and try one of these simple breathing techniques.
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5 Ways to Breathe Easy
There is a great video on mindfulness I show my students every year. It’s 60 minutes special on taking time each day to be present and in the moment while focusing only on your breath. Each morning in homeroom we take 5 minutes to find a comfortable spot, close our eyes, and just focus on our breathing. It’s such a peaceful way to begin the morning and sets the tone for the rest of the day.
Deep breathing exercises
One of the best strategies I’ve used when I’m stressed to the max is to lock myself in a quiet space and do some deep breathing using the 4:7:8 method. Take a deep breathe in through your nose (breathing through your abdomen, not your chest) for 4 seconds. Hold for a count of 7 and exhale for 8 seconds slowly through your mouth. Continue until you feel calmer and your breathing becomes steady.
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Meditate before you fall asleep
An easy strategy to relax before you sleep is to lie in bed in a comfortable position and visualize each part of your body falling asleep one at a time. Starting at your feet, relax your toes, feet, and ankles. Move up your legs and relax your knees and hips, breathing as you go. Continue up your body all the way up to your head. Usually by the time I read my hairline I’m already fast asleep!
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What are your favorite ways to decompress when you are getting back into the school routine? Leave a comment below – I’d love to hear your suggestions.
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