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Stop work and be more productive (yes, really!) - Member Offerings & Events

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2014-08-14 14:26:58
Stop work and be more productive (yes, really!)

How aware are you of your breathing right now? Why not take a moment to reflect?

  • Is your breathing shallow?

  • Are you breathing from your chest?

  • Are you taking in huge gulps of air and feeling dizzy, or breathing so shallowly you cannot catch your breath?

If you’ve answered yes to any of the above, you won’t be alone.  For something that’s so natural, it’s surprising how hard it is to breathe correctly.  But it’s really worth doing if you want to feel grounded, more relaxed, calmer and more present. 

 

It’s tough to make sure you’re breathing correctly all the time, but here are some moments when it would be wise for you to make that extra special effort:

 

At the start of your working day

  • Before you turn on your computer and plunge into work, shut your eyes and take a few proper breaths.  This will help you set your own pace and check in with yourself before you start responding to others.

  • You could also set an alarm on your phone to make sure you do this at least once an hour during your time in at work.

Going into a meeting

  • Just before you enter the room, take a deep breath.  You’ll start the meeting being present, focused and calm. Try to drop your shoulders too, and smile.

Before an important phone call

  • Take a minute before your call to shut your eyes and breathe.   A few deep breaths, and you’ll sound confident and alert on your call.   

Going into a presentation

  • As you stand up to deliver your talk, take three deep breaths.  This will help you focus and manage your nerves.

Three ways to better breathing

 

Dr. Andrew Weil has become an internationally recognized expert on mind-body interactions and is the author of nine books.  He says: "If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly."  Here are three exercises he recommends.

 

If you’d like to know more about the benefits of taking deep breaths, check this out. 

 

Breathing easier? Let us know how it helps you.

 

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Posted by Deon Newbronner at 14:26:58, 14 Aug 14
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