I know it seems ridiculous to tell you to do something you already do instinctively. I also am a human who was born to breathe. However you might be surprised how much stopping and actually focusing on breathing can make things easier.
Break The Stride
Very often, in a job which requires much thought and much pressure, things can get very tense. You are being paid to come up with a solution. you are on the clock to troubleshoot this problem today. There is not time to stop and take a break, these clients need consoling, this issue needs to be wrapped up, etc.
But a “break” does not necessarily need to mean stopping what you are doing, leaving the room, taking a walk or getting refreshments. You can take an internal break in your body and mind. You can teach yourself to transcend above the stress and give your mind a small but needed rest in less than 5 minutes.
Breathe The Mind
Watch this video of Dr. Andrew Weil performing the “4-7-8 Breathing Technique”
It is very simple.
- Keep your tongue pinned to the roof of your mouth.
- Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
- Follow these steps:
- Breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds.
- Hold it for 7 seconds
- Breathe out through your mouth for 8 seconds.
- Repeat. Each time focus more on just your breathing and counting. Try to let go of the stress if only for a moment.
Small breaks like this throughout your day will give you some much needed space in your mind to process things you are being hurried through, or aren’t entirely grasping due to stress. Often, i find that this was all it took for something to “pop into my head”.
The answer is sometimes literally a breath away.