Stopping to consciously take three big sighs is probably the simplest and most time-efficient mini meditation you can do! It only takes around 20 seconds but you can significantly change the state of your mind and body even in this short amount of time. While it might seem all too obvious how often do we remember to breathe deeply when we are caught up in our heads and feeling stressed?
When we are tense our breathing becomes faster, shallower and more erratic. We tend to breathe from our chest, rather than deeper down into the belly, and our upper chest and neck muscles often tense up. When we take three big sighs we break the pattern of tense breathing. A message is sent to the parasympathetic nervous system triggering the relaxation response in the body. [Read more…]