Calming Down vs. Revving Up

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If your body constantly stays in survival mode (i.e. elevated stress), this will cause your systems to not work properly. Symptoms of stress include, fatigue, inability to concentrate, poor circulation (i.e. cold hands in a warm room), anxiety, panic attack, high blood pressure, disturbed digestive functions (i.e. indigestion, constipation, weight gain — yikes!) and may lead to other breakdowns in the body.

Just a few reasons why you may want to choose a breathing break over a coffee break.

Bed Breathing

While trying to get up in the morning, wake up on the right side of the bed by focusing on your breathing and grounding your body.

Equipment: pillow

The firmer, the better!

Position: Lying on back with pillow vertically aligned with your spine (head resting on pillow) and arms out to your side. Clear away spouse or cat.

Simple exercise: Breathe in (1) -2 -3 -4, hold (1) -2, breathe out (1) -2 -3 -4. Repeat sequence for one minute.

Benefits: Wake up calm, centered, and energized.

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