Now that Spring Break is over, and we are all trying to get back into the habit of taking care of our studies, it is important we remember to take care of our mental health. Here is a mindful practice that can be done during the morning to help you mitigate your daily stressors. I encourage everyone to give this a try as it can be very beneficial to be mindful and also it helps to wake you up in the morning, maybe even more than a cup of coffee!
Awaken Your Breath:
This is a helpful morning routine that will help relieve stress by breathing more fully and will enable oneself to be more confident in handling the day’s tasks.
- Start by standing in mountain pose (see figure 1 below) with feet at hips-width apart and hands at your side with your palms facing outward.
- Inhale and slowly lift your arms in a sweeping motion until your hands are overhead with your palms touching.
- Exhale slowly while simultaneously lowering your arms back down to your side, palms still facing outward.
- Repeat these steps 5-8 times (or as desired)