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2 minute self-care practice for when you're too busy to stop

Our mind editor Suzy Reading shows us how our breathing can change the way we feel

by Psychologies

Self-care

1 minute read

In the palm of your hand

No time for self-care? Work with your breath – you’re doing it anyway!

Try this practice with your hands: as you breathe in, open your hands, stretching out your fingers and palms. As you breathe out, make a gentle fist. Repeat six times, feeling how the movement of your hands is echoed by your ribcage. Opening the hands creates a sense of expansion, and closing them engages the diaphragm, cultivating a more complete exhalation.

Notice that when you breathe better, you feel better.

Read more from Suzy at @suzyreading and suzyreading.co.uk

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