regard for one’s own well-being and happiness (chiefly considered as a desirable rather than narcissistic characteristic).
This year I’m going to do something a little different on Sundays. Instead of quotes, Sundays will be about different ways we can love ourselves.
We are too hard on ourselves sometimes (or a lot of the time) so Sundays will be a reminder to give ourselves some love. So, grab a cup or glass of your preferred beverage and lets jump right in.
It’s the new year and we’ve maybe made some New Year’s resolutions, we’re trying to get back to some normalcy after the holidays and perhaps needing to decompress and relieve some of the stress from the holidays.
Because self-love is not meant to be tortuous or regimented, let’s start with something gentle: deep breathing. The following instructions for deep breathing is from an article by Harvard Medical School.
First steps. Find a quiet, comfortable place to sit or lie down. First, take a normal breath. Then try a deep breath: Breathe in slowly through your nose, allowing your chest and lower belly to rise as you fill your lungs. Let your abdomen expand fully. Now breathe out slowly through your mouth (or your nose, if that feels more natural).
Breath focus in practice. Once you’ve taken the steps above, you can move on to regular practice of breath focus. As you sit comfortably with your eyes closed, blend deep breathing with helpful imagery and perhaps a focus word or phrase that helps you relax.
- Breathing Releases Tension
- Breathing Improves Posture
- Proper Breathing makes the Heart Stronger
- Breathing Elevates Moods