Take a Breather Three Times Each Day This Week
- Each day find three opportunities to take a breather — stop what you are doing, push back from it, and take five to ten deep, slow breaths.
- You can choose any three moments you like, but you must do them all at separate times.
- Some suggestions: When you leave for work; when you finish work; when you get home; before or after a challenging meeting, conversation, or phone call; or even any time you step outside.
- You can stay sitting at your desk, but you can also stand up and go outside if you like.
Watch this video for an explanation of this Lifestyle Practice from Whole Life Challenge co-founders Andy Petranek and Michael Stanwyck.
Why Is This Practice Important?
If you’re not paying attention, life can take on an unyielding pace without your consent. There is a good reason they call life a rat race — it can be fast and chaotic. Getting swept up in a routine of one-thing-after-another is an easy thing to have happen. It’s even easier to forget that anything outside of your to-do list exists.
Between family, work, projects, appointments, cellphones, and social media, it seems we hardly have any time to come up for air. And we need air — space to be calm, relax, and focus inward. Space to breathe. Without it, we get all wound up without ever getting any wind down.
Even a simple, intentional moment of disconnecting from everything outside, to reconnect with what’s inside, can be a powerful practice. You may be reminded that you belong in that list of people, places, and things that need taking care of, and begin to experience yourself in ways you’ve forgotten about. In that moment of quiet, you might be reminded why you say you’re here.