You'll have most probably heard of the slogan from a brand you most probably know well ...'Just Do it.'
How about a flip on that...'Just Breathe it!'
Kelly Mcgonigal in her book “The Will Power Instinct” provides a nifty tool for slowing down and increasing will power.
“You won’t find many quick fixes in this book, but there is one way to immediately boost willpower: Slow your breathing down to four to six breaths per minute. That’s ten to fifteen seconds per breath—slower than you normally breathe, but not difficult with a little bit of practice and patience. Slowing the breath down activates the prefrontal cortex and increases heart rate variability, which helps shift the brain and body from a state of stress to self-control mode. A few minutes of this technique will make you feel calm, in control, and capable of handling cravings or challenges.”
Give it a try. Whether it’s this count of slower breathing or another, it might just help.
When is a spare moment or minute today when you could give this a try?
How about now for 60 seconds?
p.s. if you decide to do it now, the cool thing is nobody would really know nor probably care! You can probably guess what I’m doing right now as I’m wrapping this up?!