One of my favorite places to practice my deep breathing is while I’m driving or parked before going into an event.
A couple times a year I’m usually invited to Castle high school to speak to outgoing seniors about mindfulness and stress reduction. When I’m speaking to these classes, talking about learning to use their breath to control their emotions and their stress levels, I always suggest that they practiced these in the car.
Usually we feel pretty private in the car, often driving to and from places by ourselves, it’s an easy place to practice breathing. I always suggest that right as you pull into the garage, a parking space, or wherever you park the car, use these couple moments you have just to sit and breathe.
You don’t need a fancy meditation app, though there are tons out there to choose from if you would like to have that assistance. Learning to be in stillness and quiet in your own space is a skill, and just like any other skill that we want to get better at it requires practice. That’s why I like to save this for the car.
If you’re a mom like me inside your home sometimes it can be hard to find a quiet space, other than the bathroom, ha ha! Do you think this might work for you? Can you grab a quiet moment as you pull into the driveway this evening, or after you drop the kids off at practice…. maybe as you park your car before you go into an event you’re a little bit nervous or hesitant to join?
You might do something as simple as 5- Count Breath.
Park the car
Close your eyes
Make a fist
Count your breath (from 1-5)
Inhale and Exhale (open fist to make #1, with fingers)
Inhale and Exhale (open fist to make #2, with fingers)
CONTINUE to 5
Repeat as many times as needed.
Could be taking a few mindful breaths using some of the strategies you learn at yoga work for you?
Tell me about it, send me your story I’d love to hear how you have practice this mindfulness tip of taking some deep breath’s in the car!