Sometimes, it feels like life is coming at us QUICKLY. This is particularly true at the beginning of starting something new (hello school year) or when you are in the middle of a very important project.
This month at Spark This Day, we are recognizing this "life on a treadmill" mentality and working in a pause once a day.
So, let's try it out with the 4 count breath. Read the instructions and then try it yourself.
Set a timer for 30 seconds
Inhale for 4 counts
Exhale for 4 counts
Before you continue to read, notice: Do you feel any different? Small practices for even 30 seconds make a different when we embed them into our daily lives. In fact, research on mindfulness strategies like the 4 count breath have been proven to:
Boost working memory
Help you focus
Reduce emotional reactivity
Increase cognitive flexibility
Boost relationship satisfaction
Here's your challenge for today, particularly DURING your work day: when you notice something that makes you feel [frustrated, sad, annoying, etc. you choose], pause and practice the 4 count breath.
This August at Spark This Day, our habit builder will be to work 1 breathing break into your day. That's it. If you want a little assistance in getting you there, make sure to Opt-In to our August Pathway and join the Breathing Toolkit Challenge. See you in the app!