Mindfulness Monday-Hand Breathing

For the first mindfulness Monday in April we’re going to focus on hand breathing. This is a lovely and simple grounding technique to help slow the breathe and calm yourself and your heartbeat. It can be as long or as short as you like, can be done with your eyes open and softly focused whilst sitting (or at work) or whilst lying down with your eyes closed. However you wish to participate is up to you.
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Mindfulness Monday- Breathing

White text in mustard yellow box 'mindfulness monday. Today's mindfulness task is box breathing. Breathe in for four counts. Hold the breathe for four counts. Breathe our for four counts. Hold the breathe for four counts and repeat.' 
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Today is the first in our new series of Mindfulness Monday. Each week I will be showcasing a different mindfulness technique and explaining how this has been helpful to me and how it may well benefit you.

Mindfulness is such a large area that is being continually developed that I believe there is something for everyone, whether you are chronically ill or not.

It may seem strange to be thinking about learning how to breathe as it’s something we do all the time.

So why do need mindful breathing?

Mindful breathing is about utilising our breath to allow our bodies and minds to relax. When we take the time to slow down our breath we allow ourselves the opportunity to take some control over our sympathetic nervous system (responsible for ‘fight or flight’) and allow us to calm ourselves.

Like so many things that are branded as the ‘next big thing’ breathing techniques have been taught for centuries. One classic example is in the Hindu practice of Yoga where breathing deeply and correctly is just as important as the physical movements you make.

I will go in to more detail on exactly how breathing calms our sympathetic systems in future posts.

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