Breathwork To Bring Back & Recharge Your Motivation
Many breathwork benefits can be experienced in just one session of breathwork therapy. It helps us gain instant clarity and pushes away negativity. Breathwork training is easy, it can be done at home, and only takes a few minutes of your day. It can give you motivation, help you in overcoming indecision, and help you handle stress.
The instant boost of energy is not like a caffeine high. It is a sense of calm, positive, clarity without the crash or shakiness that you get from sugar or caffeine.
Breathwork Benefits Are Backed by Science
A 2013 scientific study found that the mind is able to perform better with regular daily breathwork. In this 12-week study, the increased oxygen levels in the brain not only energized the brain cells, but they also helped the mind lower its perceived stress as well as helped motor skills, memory, and reasoning.
The key thing to note here is that these very desirable outcomes were observed after making it a regular habit. The bottom line is, the more you do it, the better the outcome.
Now let’s get into the nitty-gritty and answer the biggest question that is probably on your mind which is likely, so what is breathwork anyway? Breathwork healing is used in many different holistic systems and there are both simple and more advanced techniques.
The simple techniques are still highly effective and used globally for increased optimism, health, and energy. Below are two simple breathing techniques you can use to recharge your motivation.
How Breathwork Can Help You Get Back Into Your Normal Routine
If you are not quite used to getting up early now that you’ve been at home and on your own schedule, breathing deeply first thing in the morning will help you wake up. Soon your body will adjust to getting up early, but in the meantime, give yourself the extra boost you need with one of the techniques below.
If you are finding trouble getting through the day and concentrating just because you’re out of practice, or if you get tired, just take a moment and do some breathwork, and you’ll find you get a second wind!
Reset Your Attitude and Energy
If you’re struggling with inner resistance about going back to work (kind of like going back to school after summer break), you can also use this breathwork to help you reset your attitude and energy to feel positive about it.
Try doing your breathwork at the same time each day to get into a positive flow with work and life and help you get into your routine in an even better frame of mind. Maybe decide to do three breathing sessions a day, in the morning, at lunch, and when you get home to let go of stress.
Two Breathworks for Motivation
3 Minute Slow Deep Breathing
This can be done laying down or sitting. Please note that it’s best to stand up slowly after you do this because you can get a little light-headed. It’s normal to feel tingling during this breathing technique as well. You can breathe through your nose or mouth, whichever feels more comfortable for you.
Set a timer so that you can just focus on your breathing for three minutes.
You will breathe in deeply filling the lower lungs, chest, and upper chest and breathe out almost completely. Really breathe with power and go for it to get the best results. After about a minute, see if you can increase the speed and power to make it more intense.
When the three minutes are up, take a deep breath and hold your breath, squeezing all of your muscles for ten seconds and then exhale. Drink a glass of water after you do this to help stabilize the emotions by hydrating and reducing strain on the kidneys.
1 Minute ‘O’ Mouth Breathing
This one you can easily do sitting in a chair or cross-legged on the floor (sitting on a cushion for comfort). Make sure you keep your spine straight to allow energy to flow and so that your ribs can expand as you breathe. Close your eyes and create an ‘O’ shape with the mouth.
Put the emphasis on your exhale, breathing out powerfully and allowing your inhale to happen naturally. On each exhale, snap your navel in towards your spine as if you’re pumping your body full of energy like a bellow fills with air. When you inhale allow the stomach to relax and fill with air.
Breathe powerfully just through your mouth for one minute and after thirty seconds of doing it, make it more powerful increasing your speed. After one minute take a deep inhale and hold your breath for ten seconds squeezing all the muscles in your body to help spread the energy around.
Exhale and relax and then shake your body to continue to spread the energy around and breathe normally for thirty seconds.
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Be Patient With Yourself
You can do either of these multiple times a day to keep your motivation strong. This will help cleanse your blood and even help you build muscle. It improves your complexion and digestion as well as lowers stress. Doing it each day will help build up the muscles of your ribs to breathe even deeper and receive even more benefits! You may find that it is something that quickly becomes a part of your daily routine that you love.
If you find it hard to get back into the swing of things, be patient with yourself. We have all been through a lot. Stress affects us all a little differently and it’s important to check in with how you’re feeling and allow yourself to recognize your emotions as they come up.
For some of us, we haven’t been around people for months and we might have anxiety about how to adopt the new social distancing guidelines and if we are doing things right. Our best advice is, take it slow, take care of yourself each day, and do some breathing to keep the bad vibes at bay.
There are a lot of things to focus on right now as we all try to see where this is going and how it will impact our lives. One of the best things we can focus on now to help us in this moment and for the future is creating a healthy lifestyle that will support us as we move forward. Having enough water, sleep, and sun are great things to focus on as well as getting daily nutrients, relaxation, and exercise for a daily dose of endorphins that help us feel good.
The oxygen you get from breathwork will help you feel positive and energized as well. Finally, find things that make you laugh and get your mind off of stuff at least once a day to keep those happy chemicals flowing!
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