Oct
15
The Trap of the Balancing Act

Where do you work? Currently my ‘office’ is in the middle of a bustling coffee shop in Vancouver. There’s loud music playing, lots of conversation and I can hear the sounds of the espresso machine and cups clashing in the background. Maybe you’re in an office or, if you’re lucky, you’re working from a hammock on a beach.

No matter where your location or what you are doing, you have the opportunity to experience a sense of peace or mindfulness right now by using a simple technique called abdominal breathing. Being mindful is about being aware of your experience from moment to moment.

When we’re caught up in our daily activities, or feeling anxious or stressed, our breathing is shallow – and it’s concentrated in the upper part of the chest. This causes a negative effect on the body by sending a distress signal to the autonomic nervous system, which is associated with the fight or flight response.

When we take a few moments to be mindful by paying attention to our breath, we have the ability to cultivate a deep and even flow of breath, which sends a signal to the body to relax.

The practice

Sit up tall with a straight spine, bring your awareness to your belly and allow it to soften and relax. Begin with a slow, deep inhalation for a count of three, filling your belly, then ribcage, then upper chest with oxygen. Pause for second, then exhale from your upper chest, rib cage then belly, drawing your belly in towards your spine at the end. Pause again, then repeat.

A few cycles of this can instantly change your mood, increase your focus and elevate your energy level. Now get back to work!


Beth Veenkamp

Beth Veenkamp is the owner of Constructing Life Coaching in Kelowna, BC. As a professional Life Coach, Beth helps her clients make lasting changes that move them closer to their goals. Many of Beth’s clients are business owners and professionals struggling to feel more confident, find their true voice and excel at sharing their expertise with the world. Beth’s Fearless Living coaching approach has helped many entrepreneurs take their success to the next level. Beth offers a free consultation. Give her a call today to see if Life Coaching is a good fit for you.

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