Breathing — Not only Does It Keep You Going, It Keeps You Calm

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Breathing energizes and calms.

Breathing is foundational.

It’s also generally not something we think about.

And yet, finding time to breathe when you are busy can sometimes seem impossible.

Slowing down is the last thing on your mind.  Indeed, “How can I squeeze in one more thing?” is what you’re more likely to ask.

It’s a universal issue…

I can certainly relate to this, both in my off-line work with clients and in my everyday life.

And I’m here to testify that finding time to breathe in the midst of busy times is not just a self-care skill. It is also a key element in optimizing your energy and, quite simply, in getting things done.

It’s just practical…

Finding time to breathe isn’t an indulgence. It’s a practical tool for managing your time and your energy.

So how do you find that time?

When you are already overwhelmed and your to-do list stretches to the horizon, how do you take time to do something that seems unproductive? Here are 3 tips to help you do it.

3 Tips

  • First, really work to let go of the notion that this is unproductive time.  It is precisely the opposite.  Stand this notion on its head and make your breathing time a priority.  In fact, make it a TOP priority.
  • Second, know that this doesn’t need to involve a LOT of time. I advise taking 1-3 minutes several times a day.  It is wonderful if you can find even more time to breathe quietly, but make this a minimum.
  • Third, chunk your tasks into small time increments — as small as you can.  Whatever span you decide on — 15 minutes, 30-minutes, even one hour — include your quiet, breathing time as part of it. Depending on your preference you can have this time at the beginning or end, or even in the middle of your task.  The key is to include it.

Enjoy the results…

As you incorporate this quiet time into the fabric of your daily routine, you will be amazed at the profound benefits that you experience.  You will feel more calm, relaxed, and grounded, no matter what is on your plate.  You will also probably find that creative ideas and solutions to problems bubble up through the silence.

Try it, and discover what a powerful and energizing part of your day a few moments of quiet breathing can be.

And let me know how it goes for you — I’d love to hear.

Here’s something more that helps…

What if you could find another hour every day? You can.

You are invited to sign up and download The Finding Time Boundary Template. It’s complimentary, and when you sign up you will also receive (if you don’t already) my weekly Finding Time Tips and my monthly Award-Winning Finding Time E-zine.

Let’s explore time together …

Comments

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