During moments of stress, have you ever said to yourself or others, “I just need some breathing space or I need a minute?” You probably know what it’s like to always be on the go and put the needs of others ahead of your own. Well if so, this 1-minute exercise is the key to creating the space you need.
It’s not a surprise that caregiving is stressful.
Some of us don’t even notice it because we’re too busy caring for others.
Our caregiver experts recommend this 1-minute stress reduction exercise that can be easily built into your day.
It ‘s a quick and proven exercise that helps reduce stress and refocus yourself.
Let’s give it a shot.
Stop what you’re doing and find a comfortable spot that has little to no distractions. You can close your eyes if you want.
Take slow, deep breaths.
Now, follow the breath that is coming in from your nose, filling your lungs, then out your mouth. Try to keep your breathing as even as possible.
Imagine your breath being the anchor that holds you to the present.
Next, consider this. “What are you thinking right now?” Just be aware. Don’t try to change what you’re thinking.
“What are you saying to yourself?”
Now let’s move onto your feelings.
“How and what are you feeling right now?”
Your answer can be an array of emotions.
Moving into your body, note the sensations you’re feeling.
Are you feeling tense? Or light?
Remember, you’re just becoming aware, you’re not trying to change anything. The action of noticing and naming your emotions will already have a calming effect.
Do this exercise at your own pace.
It helps to find a new sense of calm and awareness.
With practice, you can do this anywhere anytime.
And remember, you can always come back and replay this video.
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