Every day I meet busy moms, like you, who want to care for themselves. As you can probably guess, I think yoga is one of the greatest self-care tools out there. It might surprise you to know I don’t recommend yoga as the starting point for these moms.
I want you to start with breath.
Intentional, deep breathing, that you do, most days, for at least 5 minutes. This is so important, I created a free 5-minute breath exercise that I want to get into the hands of all busy moms.
Here Are Four Reasons To Start With Breath:
1. It’s simple.
You spend a lot of time in your head. “Did I do that right? Did I remember that? Should I have done XYZ instead?”
When starting a self-care practice, you want something that doesn’t put you up in your head.
If you aren’t used to the physical practice of yoga, there’s a learning curve. “Where does my leg go? Am I doing this right?”
Not so with a breath practice. You already know how to breathe. With guidance, you can shift to a conscious deep breath without overthinking it.
Breath is self-care that serves you immediately.
2. It’s a powerful way to bring calm to the body, right now.
Is “overwhelmed” a word you sometimes use to describe your life? Me too.
When your mind feels overwhelmed, your body’s stress response kicks into high gear. Your brain prepares to fight a bear and activates your fight or flight response. Your heart rate increases, your blood pressure rises, and you are now hyper-alert.
That’s the response you want when you fight a bear. But you’re not fighting a bear. You’re caring for a tiny human.
Deep breathing puts the breaks on your stress response. It activates the parasympathetic nervous system. Your heart rate and blood pressure decrease. Your mind realizes there is no bear and settles into a relaxed state, immediately.
3. You can do it anywhere at anytime
Waiting in line at the grocery store? Commuting home from work? Dealing with a particularly stressful tantrum? All opportunities to practice deep breathing.
No mat required, no special clothes. Once you learn a simple breath technique, self-care is available to you whenever you need it.
4. Consistent small choices bring big changes.
Your life is so full. But it’s not so full that you can’t breathe for 5 minutes.
Breath is a quick win. And quick wins help you keep going.
Commit to a 5-minute breath practice for the next week. You will have successfully implemented a self-care routine.
You’ll feel calmer and more present for your life. You’ll feel successful at taking care of yourself.
Over time, you’ll be ready to add other self-care practices, like yoga, into your day. With a regular breath practice under your belt, a little learning curve for yoga isn’t such a big deal.
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