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  • Writer's pictureJo Small

Breathe ... don't bounce

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

There are loads of articles flying around the internet about resilience at the moment and most focus on 'bouncing back.' There is a sense that we can measure ourselves by how much we are able to endure and then bounce back into shape like an elastic band.

For me it's much more about how we recharge and reenergise ourselves in order to keep ourselves mentally and physically fit for whatever lies around the corner. This then is seeing developing and maintaining resilience as a way of life rather than one off 'sprints' of endurance.

One key area to focus on is your breathing. We use a really small percentage of our lungs’ capacity so by taking mindful, steady deep breaths we can energise ourselves and maintain our resilience.

Give it a try. Breathe in through your nose for a count of four. Feel your lower belly (or abdomen), expand. Pause at the top of the inhale. Breathe in a little bit more air (a bit like taking a small sip) and then exhale completely out the nose. Continue inhaling and exhaling and focusing on filling the belly with breath. If you find this hard it could be that you have been used to taking more shallow breaths that only go as far as the chest. Try to focus on filling the abdomen for a more relaxing centring breath.

Check back in for regular tips on how to maintain resilience.

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