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Stress Free Mama

May 12, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day! While being a mom is basically the world’s best job, it can be one of the most stressful ones too. No matter what your situation, juggling mom-level responsibilities can be a recipe for stress overload. We need the right tools to de-stress, re-center, and power up.

So, to have the happiest Mother’s Day ever, try these 3 calming breathing exercises to help you feel your best.

3 Calming Breathing Exercises

1. Slow-Deep Breathing

Inhale deeply through the nose for a count of 6 until the lungs are full, and then exhale through the nose for a count of 6 until the lungs are empty. In your head, count like this: inhale-two-three-four-five-six; exhale-two-three-four-five-six. Keep the count in your head for a couple of rounds until the rhythm of the slow breathing exercise feels natural.

 

2. Square Breathing

Inhale through the nose for a count of 4; hold your breath (with lungs full of air) for a count of 4; exhale for a count of 4; hold your breath (with lungs empty) for a count of 4. Practice this breathing technique by maintaining this count in your head: inhale-two-three-four; hold-two-three-four; exhale-two-three-four; hold-two-three-four.

 

3. Counting Backward

Close your eyes and place your hand on your belly. Inhale deeply through your nose and feel your belly rise under your palm. Exhale completely through your nose and feel your belly fall. Count backward in your head, beginning with the number 27. With each breath, count like this: 27 belly rises, 27 belly falls; 26 belly rises, 26 belly falls. Make your way down to 1, and feel free to repeat this exercise more than once. Not only can you do this exercise while seated in a chair, you can also do it in bed if you need help falling asleep at night.

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

xoxo

Denise and Emily

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