Welcome to part 2 of prepping the mind and body for quarantine! The last thing we need right now is body aches, pains, and stiffness. Apply these simple truths of posture and breathing to keep your body ready for anything and to keep the positive vibes flowing through the body. Take advantage of working at home by getting up and moving more often than you do while in the office, but also laying down to decompress and breathe. Make it habit so that when you get back in the office, your body will go off like an alarm when it is time to move.
Get your spine set, braced and organized for optimal movement!
Practice breathing by expanding the stomach, instead of the chest. Stomach breathing calms the body down and ellicits a parasympathetic (calming) response. Chest breathing triggers a stress response, and feeds any negative emotions or dispositions in a feedback loop. To break that loop, focus on deep inhales while pushing the tummy out, hold, and exhale slowly, to where one inhale/exhale cycle lasts 10 seconds or more. Maintain that 20% tension if you are seated or standing. Sometimes it helps to lay down to solely focus in breathing. You are at home, so take advantage of that throughout the day. Note how good and relaxed you feel
If it helps, take breathing breaks every 10 minutes just to shut your eyes and focus on the sequences above. Set an alarm on your phone or computer
Breathing better and carrying yourself more efficiently with proper posture is an underlying factor into a great state of mind during these tough times.
Until next time! Leave comments with any feedback or questions!
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