By Rachael Taylor
Hey pretty lady!
Today I want to talk to you about an easy, peasy 2 minute way to de-stress your body and get back on track when you're having a tough day. It's called the "5-5-7 Breath". You know those days when you push yourself too far and even your brain feels tired? And not just a "oh I'm tired" tired but an actual like "I have to read everything like 6 times in order to remember it" tired? I have those too. They can totally throw off your week and block you from doing everything that you want. But sometimes you just gotta get things done - regardless of how you feel.
Wouldn't it be nice if you could get things done without feeling like your brain is falling out of your ears? I thought so too! So I went looking for an easy solution to getting my brain refocused and my body on board with the task ahead.
Did you know that a lot of times you feel the "my brain is dying" tired because you're under so much stress?
Stress is directly connected to your metabolism and brain function. The parasympathetic nervous system is our rest and digest response, when it's activated our metabolic power gets bumped up. When your metabolic power gets bumped up you will better digest the food you eat, which releases nutrients faster into your body. When your body gets nutrients, it gives you more energy which in turn leads to better brain focus and less fatigue. Makes sense right?
And the "5-5-7" Breath is an easy, peasy 2 minute way to de-stress your body and move to a maximum nutritional metabolism.
When I do this I always feel my shoulders lower and loosen, the building, tingly pain in my feet and hands stop, and my mind more alert and open to what I need to do.
So here it is: You inhale for a count of 5, hold for a count of 5, and exhale for a count of 7.
Sit in a comfortable position, spine straight, and feet flat on the floor.
Your eyes can be opened or closed.
Inhale for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 filling your lungs to 2/3 capacity. Hold for 5… Exhale for 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…
As you continue this conscious breathing, steady rhythm, scan the senses. The scent of the air in your nose, the red and oranges of your eyelids, your taste buds, the feeling of your butt on the chair and your feet spread wide on the earth, the sound of my voice.
Inhale… hold… and exhale.
Keep breathing and scanning, tuning into a heightened awareness.
This is 2 minutes to relaxation and you can do this anywhere, anytime! I absolutely love it and the best part is, it’s free!
Breathing before and during meals is a great way to help you become a relaxed eater and boost your metabolic power. You can also do this in your car, at work, before bed. Even when there’s chaos going on throughout your day, pay attention to who you are being.
Can you relax into the chaos?
Some people say but if I’m relaxed I won’t get as much done. Relaxing isn’t necessarily about non-doing, it’s about who you are being. So practice using conscious breath throughout the day and working in the rhythm of relaxation. You’ll find that you are more focused, more productive and more energized. It’s very exhausting to be in that stressed state all the time.
When you're done reading, leave a comment below about any differences you feel in your body after trying the "5-5-7 Breath".
Today is the day you take back your life.