Welcome to Week One!
This week’s technique is very simple and short to do, but it lays the foundations for the next 52 weeks.
I’m keeping today’s email short, because you’ve also got the option of reading through the Kick-Start Guide with the really important snapshot on page 12, but it doesn’t need to be a long one to explain this mindfulness technique!
1. Three Mindful Breaths
This is such a simple mindfulness technique, yet it has the potential to shift you from feeling stressed to feeling calm in just 3 breaths.
The more often you use it, the more your body and mind will become anchored into its effects and it will begin to work even more quickly for you.
Eventually, you’ll find yourself starting to return to equilibrium as soon as you remember to do it – even before you actually do the technique!
- It releases physical tension.
- It releases mental tension.
- It shifts your focus back to ‘here and now’.
Not bad for 3 simple mindful breaths?
How To Do 3 Mindful Breaths
Here’s an audio to talk you through this technique:
- Stop whatever you are doing and sit or stand with your back fairly straight, rather than slouched.
- Take a deep breath from your belly area, breathing in through your nose.
- Breathe out through your mouth, with an ‘ahhhh’ sound’.
- As you breathe out, imagine you are releasing any stress and tension from your body and your mind.
- Do this 3 times.
Notice the difference.
Even the first time you do this, you’re likely to notice a shift in your mind’s chatter and the way your body feels.
Once you have practised this regularly, it can help you shift from feeling stressed to feeling much calmer, in just 3 breaths.
The more often you do it during your day, the more effectively it will create that shift for you.
How might you remind yourself to do this?
- Perhaps each time you look at your watch?
- Or each time you hang up the phone?
- Or each time you boil the kettle?
When you have had a chance to experiment with this technique, how about sharing your experiences, over at the forum? Got any questions? We’ll get you the answers you’re looking for. 🙂
That’s all for this week.
All I’m asking you to do this week is to practise 3 mindful breaths, as often as you can remember to do them, and to notice the shifts this mindfulness technique creates.
Hope you have a great week!
P.S. If you have any techy questions, you can get help from a member of my team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org