4) Breathe right!
Remember your breath is a great anchor that you can come back to throughout the day to re-centre yourself and bring you back to the present moment. Perhaps set a reminder at intervals throughout the day prompting you to take a few moments to focus on your breath.
If you can, bring your attention down to the area about three fingers’ width below your navel and in the centre of your body, rather than on its front surface. Begin to tune into your breathing here. Don’t worry if you find this difficult to begin with, simply notice the sensation of the breath at the deepest place you can feel it in your body. Allow yourself to focus on your breathing – very slowly in through the nose, and out through the nose. Just breathing and staying with your breath as deep down in the body as you can manage.
Whenever you become distracted or your mind starts to wander, simply notice where it has gone and gently bring your attention back to the breath. You may find your mind drifts continually, but even noticing this is happening is a very good start.
Be kind with yourself. Keeping your mind focussed on the breath takes time, patience and practice but, as with all skills, the more you practise, the more you improve and the greater the rewards.
We learn more about the breath and breathing techniques in the 8-week courses I teach. Check out my website for details about forthcoming dates.