As we continue to cope with this crisis, it can be helpful to sit and relax for a few moments a day. This Mindful Monday, here are some tips to focus on your breathing.

  • Focus on your breath. Practice deep breathing skills – breathe slowly through the nose, hold for a moment, and exhale slowly through your mouth.
  • Place your hands on your stomach. A good, deep breath causes the belly — not the chest — to rise. Focus on breathing deeply to raise your hands on your belly.
  • As you breathe, it may be helpful to count or to repeat a word on each in- and out-breath. Consider slowly counting to 4 with each inhalation and exhalation to slow your breathing. Or, repeat a word that means something to you, such as “calm” or “relax” as you exhale.
  • Repeat this exercise as needed. Note that it can be done anywhere and for any length of time!