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Slow Down
November 24, 2015

Slow Down

If you are always on the go, rushing around, stressed, worried, anxious, like there's never enough time for need to slow down!

Otherwise you will burn yourself out.

People like this overuse their sympathetic nervous system. Their body is in constant fight or flight mode, with not enough time spent relaxing, resting or sleeping.

Learning to do things more slowly helps. Eat slower, talk slower, breathe slower and allow plenty of time to get things done and to arrive at places so you're not rushing around.

Breathing slowly and deeply is a superb way to help you to slow down. A couple of breathing exercises are recommended.

The 3-Part Breath

1. Breathe into your abdomen. When done properly your abdomen (belly button area) should move outward.

2. Then, breathe into your mid-chest. Done properly, your ribs should move outward to the sides, making your chest area wider.

3. Then, breathe into your upper chest. Your upper chest area should rise a little bit, all the way up to the collarbones.

4. Exhale, beginning with pushing your abdomen inward, followed by making your chest more narrow, and finally by releasing the air in your upper chest so the chest falls a little.

Do this exercise slowly, smoothly and deeply for 10-15 minutes each time, at least 3 or 4 times a day. Do it lying down, sitting or even walking slowly. In time it will become your new health habit. Another exercise to try is the 4-7-8 breath.

Try both exercises and see which one you prefer. You must also learn to be aware of when you need to slow down so you can stop, breathe and carry on in a slower, calmer way. This will take time but it can be done.


About the Author

Matthew Scott is a professionally trained Chinese medicine practitioner from Australia. In 2000, after ten years in private practice offering acupuncture, herbal supplements and nutritional advice, Matthew went to China to further his studies. He has been there ever since, immersed in the culture, raising a family and showing people worldwide how to get healthier.


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