Published Date: Sunday, August 25, 2019
This week's newsletter is focused on three powerful breathing techniques from this Ted Talk, titled Change Your Breath, Change Your Life. These breathing techniques can be used to make us feel more balanced, relaxed, or energized by triggering the sympathetic or parasympathetic nervous systems.
Water Breathing makes you feel more balanced, and can be used anytime. Simply breathe in 4 counts then out 4 counts, 10 rounds.
Whisky Breathing makes you feel relaxed, and is great to use at night to fall asleep. Breathe in 4 counts then out 8 counts, 10 rounds or until you fall asleep.
Coffee Breathing makes you energized, and should be used sparingly. Use it before a workout or as a substitute for a sugary snack. Do quick shots of exhales through the nose 20 times.
Comment: Water breathing and whisky breathing are especially important in our modern day society given that 76% of people say their workplace stress negatively affects their relationships at home (source).
Here are this week's recommended actions:
Try water breathing whenever you feel off your normal state or just want to be more aware of the present moment.
Try whiskey breathing at night to fall asleep. I've tried it and it really helps!
Try coffee breathing if you're feeling sleepy mid-afternoon.
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