Time to Breathe


Have you ever had a day where you’ve been on the run from the very start and yet very little you planned to do was accomplished? That seems to be my world today. It goes with the old adage of ‘the hurrieder I go the behinder I get.’

This happens to many of us from time to time. There are some things you can do to mitigate the problem of too much to do in a small space of time, and although it won’t stop the need for immediate actions, it can definitely help. All we can do is work at staying on top of where we are in where we need to be.

One thing we could do is keep a good schedule which tells us what we need to do and when, and where we need to be and when. This sounds easy, just remember we live in an ever-changing world. Things happen, appointments change, something gets canceled, or an emergency comes up. The next thing you know your schedule has problems.

On top of this, we seem to have minds who throw us thoughts whether we want them or not. Our minds are almost always active, and quite often all this activity just lends itself to getting even more in the way of our work to get everything done throughout the day. I have learned something new this week, and I have to tell you about it because it’s so counter-intuitive.

You need to take 10 minutes to clear your mind and breathe. The technique is not hard, just find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed for 10 minutes. Dim or turn off the lights, and just concentrate on breathing. Take 3 breaths where you breathe in all the way. You hold it for only a second, and you then breathe out all the way. Hold it for just a second, and breathe back in again. After 3 breaths are done, just start to breathe regularly. If thoughts try to come into your mind, do 3 more breaths. And then go back to breathing normally again.

Some people will do this for 20 minutes when they first get up in the morning.   And, some people will do it in the evening to clear their mind before they go to sleep. You have to figure out when the best time is for you to do this exercise.

This is a form of meditation. No chanting is involved, neither are there mantras. This is just you,  focusing in on your breathing and clearing your mind. People who do this regularly claim a host of benefits.  

Some benefits people find by doing this include feeling better, a clearer thought pattern, less interruption of thoughts by the brain,  and more stamina. I can understand many of these attributes because of the breathing that goes on. Quite often when we get riled, or anxious, or worried, we have a tendency to stop breathing or breathe very shallowly.  

I am not saying that this is an absolute cure for everything. And if you have medical issues, you should check this out with your physician first. What I am saying is that I find some good in it, and I am also saying nothing ventured nothing gained. Please remember, when trying something new, start with small increments, and then build to what is comfortable for you.

If you would like more information or care to discuss this please leave a comment.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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