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1-Minute Breathing Exercise You Can Do Anywhere To Relieve Stress From Your Busy Life

1-Minute Breathing Exercise You Can Do Anywhere To Relieve Stress From Your Busy Life

Oftentimes, as we go through our busy days, our breathing becomes short, shallow, and done through the chest. Even worse, during especially stressful times, we have a tendency to hold our breath. These kinds of breathing habits aren't good for the human body. One simple way to reduce your stress and feel better in just 60 seconds is this quick breathing exercise!

What are common causes of stress?

Bad breathing habits can be caused by stress. So what are the most common causes of stress?

  • Finances
  • A bad job or demeaning boss
  • Cruel friends or family
  • A bad relationship with a significant other (this is often the worst stressor possible)
  • Health issues putting a strain on your daily activity

What are the risks of prolonged stress?

The risks of prolonged stress make for a long list. Stress can lead to heart disease, obesity, diabetes, depression, headaches, and even premature death. Prolonged stress is not a good thing! If you're constantly feeling stressed, I highly recommend you take the 60 seconds every day and do this breathing exercise. In fact, I also recommend taking 10 minutes more and doing some other physical exercises.

FAQs about the exercise

  1. Can I do this for longer than 60 seconds?
    Sure can! This type of breathing is great for relaxing before bed or taking a break from lunch.
  2. Can I do this anytime?
    Definitely. Just don't do it while driving or operating a heavy vehicle.
  3. Will this practice become habitual?
    Given enough time, yes! You can make it a habit of quickly disposing of your stress with this method.

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Last Updated on April 8, 2020

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
  2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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