So many people complain that they can’t afford to relax. If that sounds like you, the truth is: you can’t afford not to!
We instinctively take a deep breath before tackling demanding tasks and indeed when we are stressed our breathing tends to be more shallow. Deep breathing helps oxygenate the blood, it massages the internal organs and it takes the edge off our stress response.
Here’s a short exercise that only takes about two minutes so no excuses not to give it a go, given the benefits. Try it three times per day for a week and assess the results.
Adapted from Don’t Wait For Your Ship To Come In. . . Swim Out To Meet It, by Gary Wood, 2008. Published by Capstone.