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If your life is anything like mine, it is full. As a busy mum and entrepreneur our days are packed with multiply things to do.
Have you ever woken up, troubled and anxious as your mind runs through the list of things you have to do that day?
Perhaps you have given up even trying to keep a to-do list as you never have the time, or energy to write one out!
In your mind your first priority is to care for your children and family, yet it feels like you spend 80% of your time chasing your tail as you juggle the various demands on your time from work and growing your business.
I know from personal experience I vow to finish work by 5:00pm and “to spend the evening with my daughters.” I love to oversee their homework, prepare dinner and generally be around and involved in their lives. Yet,despite my good intentions, time after time I slip into bad habits and most evenings I have to consciously say to myself Stop. Slow down. Close the laptop, put the phone away and listen to your daughters. It is so easy to pay lip service to my good intentions and spend “Family Evening Times” switching between work, updating Twitter and other social media accounts, cooking and trying to listen to my girls as they chat about their day. I often feel like a headless chicken and get annoyed with myself for not honoring my time.
Have you ever felt like that? Tired. Overstretched and overwhelmed by all you do?
Learning how to manage your time, how to spend quality leisure time with your family and friends, how to care for yourself; have me-time and keep on top of your work is a challenge. Yet like all challenges it is possible to overcome, with support, practice and using the correct tools.
As a working mum and teacher of yoga I always look to my yoga practice to help me regain balance and order in my life.
Taking into account all my yogic teachings, I would say yoga breathing exercises are the quickest and easiest way to reduce stress and calm and quieten my mind.
Yoga Breathing Exercises Help You Slow Down, Refocus and Balance
Yoga breathing exercises are ideal tools to help you adapt to the competing demands on your time from family and work.
When your mind is on overdrive and you wonder how you are going to fit it all, this is the ideal time to stop, breathe and calm down the frenzied thoughts filling your mind.
3 Benefits Of Good Breathing Habits
Certain breathing patterns increase your sense of overwhelm and anxiety, tension and fatigue.
Good breathing habits:
1. Enhance your emotional and physical well-being.
2. Help to release tension.
3. Promotes rest, relaxes and rejuvenate your body and, calms your mind.
When you learn how to breathe correctly, you can instantly rejuvenate, calm or energize your mind and body; which means you have more energy and emotional space to manage your busy life with less stress.
What Happens When You Breathe Correctly
If you look around your work place or see people you know, you will notice that many people do not breathe fully, they are short breath, breathe heavily, take gasping breathes when they speak or constantly yawn as trying to draw in fresh oxygen into their bodies. Learning to understand your particular breathing habits is an important step in helping you gauge what is happening on a mental, emotional and physical level.
When you breathe in through your nose, you draw in oxygen into your body. Your heart pumps oxygenated blood all around your body. A gaseous exchange takes place whereby your cells receive oxygen and release carbon dioxide, a waste product that is carried back to your heart and lungs and finally exhaled.
The slower and deeper you breathe, the more you allow oxygen to enter and flow through your system. This expands your lung capacity, stimulates and opens up your heart, which instantly revitalizes and energizes your body.
As you can see learning how to breathe correctly is vital to your overall well-being and ability to manage your busy lifestyle. Like all skills, yoga breathing exercises are easy to learn and can easily be slipped into your hectic schedule to help you relax, release tension and unwind.
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