When I worked in the corporate world, I used to set my alarm for the last possible minute. Then it was a mad rush to get ready and out the door. I was stressed out before I even turned my computer on.
I never considered myself to be a morning person. Mornings were for drinking the coffee that propelled me into the afternoon.
But when I began really digging into my day, in an attempt to be happier, less stressed and more productive, I realized that by trying to get the morning over with, I was throwing away an opportunity to transform my entire day. After reading Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning, I decided to create my own morning routine.
In the last post, I challenged you to begin to tune into your breath. Hopefully, you’ve started to discover what it feels like to shift your breath from a shallow chest breath and into a deeper, diaphragmatic one. If you’re still having trouble finding this more calming way to breathe, keep it at, revisiting the breathing exercise every day.
In the last post I challenged you to begin breathing through your nose. How did it go? If you have some structural issues or if mouth breathing is your go-to breath, breathing through the nose can be downright difficult.
Does it really matter how you’re delivering oxygen to your body?
If you’re like most people, it’s easy to get amped up or feel butterflies in your stomach. The breath is the magic switch to turn down your stress level.
Some people are training like crazy, yet still struggling to PR a Strava segment they’ve done 200 times. For others, it’s finding the time and balance in their life, feeling the signs of aging or experiencing low back or neck pain after an hour in the saddle.
These challenges all have one thing in common: the underlying problem isn’t being addressed.
We foam roll muscle knots, pop anti-inflammatories to recover and ice inflamed tendons. We have the best intentions for improving our health and performance, but many common recovery tools and injury treatments are designed to treat symptoms, without actually treating the source of the problem.
Have you ever been told to shut your mouth? While it may have seemed brash at the time, it’s actually great advice, especially if you’re feeling stressed, frequently congested, winded during exercise, not sleeping well or have high blood pressure.
Do you ever feel like the day is a race?
It begins with the jolt of an alarm clock and doesn’t stop until our head hits the pillow.
We forget to stop and relax. Forget to breathe. Forget to find the pause.
Our bodies are brilliantly crafted to handle the stresses we throw at them. A cascade of chemicals kick in to get us out of harm’s way and perform incredible feats of strength when necessary.
But every high is accompanied by a low and we cannot run at this speed continuously.