Monthly Archives: July 2011

Be a Belly Breather.

Have you ever watched an infant breathing? Their bellies expand with every breath. We all used to breathe like that, but for many of us, this is a long lost skill. And did you know, belly breathing is one of the simplest and most powerful stress management technique you can use?
Our breathing pattern is directly related to our stress level. When we get more and more tense, our breathing gets more and more shallow, taking place mostly in our chest. Conversely when we are relaxed, we breathe more deeply and fully. It is nearly impossible to be tense and breathe deeply.

Teach yourself to breathe more deeply:

1. Lie one your back, placing one hand on your chest and the other on your belly
2. Now, just breathe normally and become aware of your breath
3. After you feel you are aware of your breath, exhale as much as possible
4. On the next inhale, focus on breathing through your nose and trying to filter the air deep into your abdomen, trying to keep your chest and shoulders as still as possible
5. When your breathe out, keep your lips pursed and try to make the exhale twice as long as your inhale

Once your feel you have mastered belly breathing lying down, try incorporating the technique sitting up. The skill will become easier and easier the more you practice.

Leave a comment: Have you ever tried belly breathing? If so, did you notice a reduction in your current stress level?

Be Healthy. Be Balanced.
-Alicia and Nikki


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Be Tall (another tip).

Accidentally stumbled on this trick while sitting at my desk the other day and it went along so nicely with the last post about posture that I had to share.

Prop a full length mirror next to your desk so you can get visual feedback.

I was working on something on my laptop and my biz partner had left a makeup mirror out on her desk. I looked over, caught my reflection and realized how hunched over my keyboard I was! YIKES! The visual feedback forced me to sit up with much better posture.

It may be a little hard to see from this picture, but I definitely recommend trying this trick.

And don’t judge our messy office! Great minds work in clutter 🙂

Be Healthy. Be Balanced.
-Alicia and Nikki

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