Breathing is a natural process that happens without any thought or effort, it is an unconscious behavior. But, therein lays the problem, we are breathing unconsciously. Our breath holds so much power! If we inhale and exhale in controlled ways, we will have the ability to alter our feelings in the moment and consequently our behavior.
Try these and notice how it makes you feel.
4-7-8 breathing: Inhale through your nose to a count of 4, hold your breath for a count of 7, exhale through your mouth for 8 seconds. Repeat 4 times.
Follow this breathing visual: https://www.calm.com/breathe.
Try blowing bubbles: Take a breath and blow out slowly as you would through a bubble wand. Or take a deep breath and blow out with your lips together, as if you were blowing bubbles under water.
Want more real-time tools? Ask your supervisor about having our Wellness Coordinator, Deana Kahle at your next staff meeting.
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