Have you ever noticed that as tension and stress mount your breathing becomes more shallow, your breaths are of shorter duration and that you have the tendency to hold your breath? Paying attention to your breathing during challenging times can alert you to your stress level. Once aware, you can relax, calm down and take control of your reactions by taking control of your breathing. Simply, stop what you are doing, sit back in a chair, rest your hands in your lap or on the arm rest, close your eyes and take a deep breath. Hold it at the top for a couple of seconds and slowly release that breath, emptying your lungs completely and holding for a count of two before breathing in slowly and deeply once again. Repeat several times to calm your mind, body and emotions as you notice stress taking over.
Coaching Tip #1031 “Breathe”
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Author Marcus Straub
Marcus Straub is Founder and CEO of Life Is Great!™ (LIG) Coaching and Consulting, Inc. based in Grand Junction, Colorado.