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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?

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  • 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.

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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 December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

    Featured photo credit: Nathan Dumlao via unsplash.com

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