1.) Let's start with diaphragmatic breathing, also known as belly breathing. The how to: Breathe in deeply through your nose, allowing your belly to expand to a point of slight discomfort and then release completely. The release should be done through your mouth. Feel free to do this silently or with a loud whoosh. This can be done anywhere at any time. Although I recommend doing it every time you are stopped at a red light. That way you can can get a moment of relaxation opposed to irritation.
2.) Speaking of driving... notice where your hands are placed on the steering wheel. Lower your hands to the bottom of the steering wheel. This will simultaneously lower your shoulders sending your brain the message that you are safe and free to relax.
When I think of New Years I think of two things. The first is: joyful imagery consisting of champagne toasts and receiving midnight kisses surrounded by family and friends. The second, more prominent is the notion of New Year’s resolutions. You may be surprised to hear, but I am not a fan. In fact, I will go as far as to say that creating and trying to stick to a New Year’s resolution is down right unhealthy.
The proof is in the pudding. Just read the definition of resolution: A firm and unwavering decision to do or not do something. I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds pretty dramatic and extremely unrealistic. It is no wonder that the majority of people who resolve to get healthy wind up canceling their gym memberships a few months into the year.
The reality is that we are imperfect beings. We are inherently flawed and that is okay. Research indicates that we only have about 15 minutes a day of willpower stored up. That’s right 15 minutes in a 24-hou...