NEWSLETTER The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body
RELAX & TAKE A BREATH
During the busy holiday season our schedules are often bursting at the seams with Christmas parties, shopping lists, events and appointments. It can be a great time to catch up with friends and family, however it is often a very stressful season as well! Setting aside some time for relaxation and self-care can be key to managing stress during the holiday season. One activity that helps manage holiday stress is to just simply stop and focus on our breathing for a few minutes each day. One method used by many is the Square or Box breathing exercise. This exercise helps you to slow down your breath and has a calming effect on the nervous system. Try this the next time your to-do list has you pulling hour hair out! Taking just a few minutes to take 3-4 breaths like this can make a world of difference! Square or Box breathing Exercise: Step One : Breathe in through your nose while counting to four slowly. Keep your belly soft so
that you take a deep belly breath. Step Two: Hold your breath inside while counting slowly to four. Try not to clamp your mouth or nose shut. Simply avoid inhaling or exhaling for 4 seconds. Step Three: Begin to slowly exhale for 4 seconds. Step Four: Repeat steps 1 to 3 at least three times. Ideally, repeat the three steps for 4 minutes, or until calm returns.
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