Are You Forgetting to Breathe?



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Those are the hours when a gentle chime sounds on my phone and the reminder pictured above appears on my screen, nudging me to stop what I’m doing and take a few deep, restorative breaths.  If it catches me at a good time, I’ll open up my Calm app and do a two minute guided meditation.  If I’m in the middle of something, the mere act of turning off the alarm still reminds me to take a second and be present. It might sound silly to set an alarm for breathing, but doing so has made me mindful of how often I’m breathing merely as an automated function of being alive and how rarely I stop to actually inhale (smell the roses if you will) and appreciate the fact that I am alive, healthy and in this moment.

Are you forgetting to breathe?

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  1. I am a big advocate for breathing, as silly as that may sound. When I am feeling stressed I will stop and say “breathe” and I will take three long deep breaths. I love that you set an alarm, I always tell myself to set an alarm to remember to stretch when I’m at work but I never do it; maybe now I will set a ‘breathe and stretch’ alarm and get it all done at once!
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  2. Breathing and stretching go well together so I think that’s a great idea!

  3. J Timothy Quirk says:

    I like the idea of the Breathe alarm. a reminder to stop and step back and take a moment to get perspective.

  4. I could definitely use this reminder…I love my Calm app, but I always forget to use it. I may have to set an alarm for that as well.
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