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Tip 1: A great breathing strategy

Tip from Anette Smith

Watch the breath for 5 minutes or more with eyes gently focussed into the middle distance. Great meditation, free, portable, keeps you centered.

Tip 2: Here are some great breathing strategies I taught my students:

Tip by Natalie Clarke

(a) Golden Breathing

1. Inhale through your nose.

  • Count from 4 to 5 seconds

2. Breathe out through your mouth.

  • 4 to 5 seconds


(b) Slow Deep Breathing: Blow Big Bubbles

Practicing breathing slowly by blowing bubbles so that you can create more fluid bubbles.

1. Breathe in by counting to 4.

2. Breathe out and blow the bubbles.

3. The bigger the bubble the slower your breathing.

(c) Birthday Cake Breathing

Practicing taking a full inhale into the nose and releasing a full exhale out through the mouth.

Deep breathing can help to dissolve frustration and anger:

1. Close your eyes. Think about something that smells really good (cake cooking). Pretend that the cake is right in front of you and take a deep breath in.

2. Next, pretend that a birthday cake, filled with candles, is right in front of you and push the deep breath out as if you are blowing out birthday candles.

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