How do you slow down?
What do you do to RESET & REBOOT the WHOLE You?
Life is crazy- especially now.
We are surrounded by stressors in our environment -including social media and television.
How do we stop, pause and reset our own selves before it is too late?
There is “good” stress and “bad” stress… basically anything too much can become chronic and become a “bad” or provide a negative stress response.
In Ben Greenfield’s new book called “BOUNDLESS” – you can find a resource manual for life and all the methods to optimize your body, mind and spirit.
As a Kion Coach, we were fortunate to learn most of all of this information before it was published in a book. The book BOUNDLESS is an incredible resource and reference manual that I am starting to figure out how to sort through or read over time!
“Upgrade your Brain, Optimize your Body and Defy Aging” is the sub title.
This them matches my own passion, purpose and mission right now.
Let’s start with how you can reset and reboot the WHOLE you with a simple exercise that is free and you can do ANY WHERE!
What a novel idea.
Sadly and suprisingly, most of us do not breathe naturally or how we were designed to breath. I don’t know how this happens- you think breathing is automatic but we get so wrapped up in the busyness of life and surround ourselves with chaos that we forget the simple things in life.
Here are some breathing methods you can implement into your daily life when things get busy and chaotic! Provided by the team at Get Kion.
Breathing Techniques To Lower Stress
- 4-7-8 breathing: Begin by placing the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue behind the upper front teeth. With a quiet inhale through the nose and an audible exhale through the mouth, inhale for a count of four, hold your breath for a count of 7, and then exhale through your mouth, making a whooshing sound for a count of 8. Repeat this cycle at least three more times.
- Belly breathing: Just like the name implies, take a deep breath and focus on expanding your belly, rather than your chest. Watch your belly fill up as you breathe in and flatten as you breathe out.
- Breath walk: This technique combines breathing ratios, intervals, and breath types by synchronizing your breathing with walking steps and focused attention. Direct your attention on personal growth, pain management, or relaxation during this technique.
- Nadi shodhana pranayama: Also known as “alternate nostril breathing.” Begin by pressing your thumb on your right nostril and breathe out gently through your left nostril. Next, breathe in through the left nostril gently, and press the left nostril closed with a different finger. Remove your thumb from the right nostril and breathe out through the right nostril. Next, breathe through the right nostril, close the nostril, and then exhale from the left. Continue with this pattern alternating between nostrils.
- Box breathing: Close your mouth and slowly breathe in through your nose for four counts. Hold your breath for four seconds. Then slowly exhale through your mouth for a count of four. Hold the exhale for another four counts. Ideally, you’ll do this for four minutes, but even just doing it a few times through will help you achieve a more relaxed state.
- Learn more here in the Kion Article
I know I struggled with feeling overwhelmed and tend to take on too much in life but the “new me” is completely opposite – especially since CV19 started and we have to change our schedules. Life is not the same as we couldn’t go to the gym at 5am to lift weights, we could not go to Masters Swim at noon or Saturday mornings. I wan’t able to personally train my clients anymore in the Crossfit Studio where I rented space. I had to figure out how to train and coach my clients from my own home online (thanks to ZOOM!).
My workout schedule had to change as well since we couldn’t go to the Bellevue Club anymore – so we (Neal and I), tried circuit training at home and yoga but then we found we loved power yoga in the mornings plus yin yoga in the evenings! We also started walking each day at “breakfast”, “lunch” and “dinner”- or we went for a run or bike ride!
Life is different but we can learn from this experience and find the gifts in the pandemic.
Breathing exercises, yoga, nature walks, running, biking and hiking are necessary exercises for most of use plus beneficial to get time in the outdoors without distractions, social media, negative news and find some natural vitamin D!
Your body is designed to manage this stress, to react to your environment, and to bring you back to balance when the stressful event has ended. But with smartphones, jobs, kids, traffic, and all the other projects you’re undertaking, stress is nearly constant. And unless you’re actively managing your stress and allowing your body and brain to relax and recuperate, your body’s stress signals will just keep firing and eventually cause some pretty severe dysfunction in your body.
Chronic stress and the associated cortisol release leads to dreadful health issues such as fatigue, insomnia, weight gain, low sex drive, and low motivation.
“Fortunately, with just a few simple techniques and slight lifestyle adjustments, you can train your body and mind to react less severely to stress and to recover more quickly from it. So even if your life is in high-gear with no chance of slowing down or if you can’t even imagine taking a vacation, you can at least manage your stress so that you’re not eventually forced into taking time off.“https://getkion.com/articles/mind/stress/breathe/
More to come on the WHY …why do we need more tips how to do a natural activity?