Here is a simple mindfulness breathing exercise that only takes 5 minutes to complete.
I perform this exercise several times a day. It can be done in almost any situation. The beauty of it is that nobody will even know you are doing it.
- Breath in slowly through your nose for 10 seconds and then breath out slowly through your mouth for 15 seconds.
- As you breath in and out focus on the air passing into your nostrils and out of your mouth. Alternatively, you may focus on your chest wall expanding as you breath in and contracting as you breath out.
- If your mind drifts away during the exercise, gently redirect yourself back to your breathing.
- After 5 minutes, you may return to your normal activity. If you want you can do this exercise for more than 5 minutes.
Why do I do this exercise?
- To reduce anxiety or irritability
- To focus my mind prior to beginning a new task
- To rejuvenate my body with energy
- To take a break from working on a project
- To take a moment to remember to approach each encounter with my patients with integrity, purpose, and empathy
- To remind myself how precious life is and how wonderful it is to be alive
Practice this mindfulness breathing exercise right now!