When your day seems crazy and busy and chaotic, taking time to stop and intentionally catch your breath can be a game changer. When our mind is calm we are better able to focus, make decisions and show up as our best selves. This practice takes less than 30 seconds, yet delivers ten-fold the benefits. When I'm wound up, pausing for these 3 breaths can feel like precious minutes wasted, and that's precisely when I know that it is exactly what I need. The more I feel like it's taking too long, the more I know I need to be doing it! 😊
Another way to play with this practice is when eating. As you sit down to eat, and before picking up your utensils, take 3 long, slow, deep breaths. This engages your parasympathetic nervous system, the system that's in charge of rest and digest. Actively engaging this system prior to eating improves digestion, increases the enjoyment of your food and reduces unintentional over consumption by helping you tune into your body's natural hunger and fullness signals.