There’s this app on my watch that reminds me to breathe.
I’m not quite sure how to turn the setting off, but a few times a day, I hear this annoyingly soothing little jingle that reminds me it’s time to breathe.
And to be completely honest, though I’ve had this watch for a while now, I’ve only done the breathing exercise once.
Why? Because it always prompts me to breathe at the worst times. I’m either in a meeting, fighting through traffic, writing, or in a conversation with someone else.
It’s not that I don’t think it’s important; it’s just that I’m too busy to breathe…
Doesn’t that sound ridiculous? I mean…how can anyone be too busy to breathe?
When I did that breathing exercise for the first time, one thing I immediately realized was just how shallow and quick my normal breaths were.
The fact is, we don’t normally breathe deeply like that, even though it’s proven to…
- Reset our system
- Slow our heartbeat
- Lower/stabilize our blood pressure
- And release toxins
You would think that those reasons would be enough to motivate us to slow down and breathe deeply, but they simply don’t cut it. Why is this the case?
According to an experiment at the University of Toronto, individuals who are paid by the hour volunteer less of their time and tend to feel more antsy when they are not working.