I’m gonna be real, life has been pretty intense this year.
My business is powering and that’s amazing, but it involves a lot of travel – which, with an 11 month old in tow (and the many sleepless nights that involves!), has been tricky at times. I’ve also started training for the Mountain Run at the Kathmandu Coast to Coast, which is super exciting, but also another thing that demands my attention.
The more Mums I speak to, the more I realise this is all part of the famous “juggle” every parent has ever described to me.
I say this knowing I’m super damn lucky. I’ve got my Mum just down the road to help out with Hakavai, and Michael and I are hands on about everything – housework, parenting etc. And I’ve got a great team that keep my business moving.
But in those small moments, when overwhelm kicks in, there’s one strategy I’ve been using to bring me back to centre. It’s the simplest and most basic technique in the proverbial book (but also in mine!):
When I need to re-focus before a conference call, or when Hak is upset, and I’ve had no sleep, I breathe.
When I feel overwhelmed and anxious, I breathe.
When I feel frustrated and tired, I breathe.
Specifically, I breathe in for a count of four, and then exhale for a count of seven. The trick is to breathe evenly, especially on the exhale.
It’s a technique I learned from Dr Oscar Serrallach’s book ‘The Postnatal Depletion Cure’.
Now, I know, I know. It might sound stupid for me to tell you to “just breathe” – but it’s a cliche for a reason, it works!
Breathing properly is one of the easiest ways to change your physical and mental state. It can relax and re-energise you in seconds, and, best of all, it’s a tool that you always have to fall back on when you feel depleted, tired or stressed.
It’s simple, and powerful, and you can do it literally anywhere.
I want you to give this a go today.
Wherever you are right now, I want you to breathe, in for four, out for seven.
Breathe this way for a full minute, and see how it makes you feel.
OK, that’s it from me.
But, before I go, I’d love to know:
If you can relate to the juggle – with or without kids! And;
If you’ve ever tried breathing to help re-energise and refocus?
Let me know, in the comments below.
Until next week,