When I started yoga a few years ago I had visions of doing some cool poses. Years later, I still don’t do those picturesque wow poses, but I do pay attention to my breathing. Although breathing happens naturally, we breathe differently based on what we’re doing and how we feel.
Some workdays are more stressful than others. When this happens we have a tendency to take short shallow breathes instead of the deep full breaths we should. Shallow breaths can even fill our head fulls of a foggy haze that make it feel like it’s about to explode.
Recently I read the following passage in Perfect Breathing:
The wonderful thing about paying attention to our breath, whether we’re in a meeting, at our desk or conversing with a colleague, is that we can change how we breathe at any moment. We can take full deep breaths which will lower our stress chemicals so we can think before reacting.
My favorite breathing technique when my head wants to explode is Alternate Nostril Breathing. It helps balance the right and left brains which relaxes the body. You probably can’t do this one in a meeting or during a conversation. You can do it at your desk or other semi-private space at work. Here’s a video YouTube to show you how Alternate Nostril Breathing works.
If you find yourself in a moment of stress just remember to stop and breathe so you can be happier at work.
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