Self-Care: Deep Breathing

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Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.
—Thich Nhat Hanh

Deep, full breathing is an important part of our self-care practice and easy peasy to do in the moment. Each day, pause and take 5-10 deep breaths when you think of it.

Draw the breath in through the nose and fill your belly, ribcage, and chest. Exhale through the nose and release your chest, ribcage, and belly.

Breathe deeply when you’re at a stoplight, stuck in traffic, on a tough call, in a frustrating meeting, soaking in the tub, having dinner with your family—truly, anytime!

Deep breathing helps with digestion, energy, and relaxation.

Excerpt from Year of Tranquility. Download the 15 suggested self-care practices in Tranquil Treasures.