We live in a society that is hectic and demanding. Yet, we also live in the most exciting and innovative environment. Day in and day out, we laugh, we cry, we hope, we despair, we are inspired and we are frustrated.
At the end of the day or on weekends, we strive to relax. Maybe for an hour if we have that or a Friday night or half of Sunday after all the errands are fulfilled.
We all know relaxation is healthy. It is not however easy to make that trip to the Spa or pursue your desire of being away in Paris to rejuvenate.
So, how is it possible to relax without even trying? Simple, learn how to breathe in a way that stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system. This system is inside your body that allows you to rest and digest.
Here is how you do it:
- Gently listen and follow your breath as it enters your nose and goes to your throat, down to your chest all the way to your kidneys.
- Imagine as you breathe in that you are inhaling a wonderful aroma. (example: the smell of your favorite soup)
- Let the breath expand your surrounding chest wall and your whole back side.
- Breathe out and empty your breath completely. Blow out the air either from the nose or the mouth. Breathing out should be longer than breathing in. Breathing out from the mouth can relax you faster. Think about making a deep deep sigh as you let the air out.
- Breathe in for 4 seconds, breathe out for 6 seconds. Repeat 8 times.
- Do more as desired.
- Connect with it all day long.
- Layer up this exercise with a good imagination. Bring in an image that puts a smile on your heart.
Proper breathing technique produces good chemicals in your body that give you the feeling of relaxation wherever you are and whatever you are doing. The best part is, you carry your breath with you and you do it 24/7.