Breathing exercise at work

moonbird blog

Liesbeth | Feb. 24, 2021, 9:23 a.m.

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A long-forgotten time ago, we used to work in big open office spaces. For the past year, though, most of us have been working on and off from home. It’s been an adjustment to all.

Your home office might be a little less crowded with strangers but it might not necessarily be less busy. Kids running around, housemates wandering in when you have a meeting or perhaps your cat keeps on trying to join your zoom meetings.

Maybe working from home added more stress to your day. You are trying to find a good work life balance or trying to figure out how all these video meetings and online documents work.

We’ve seen it all.

However, it has its upsides. When we worked in those big open office spaces, you couldn’t just sit at your desk with your hand on your belly and start breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. It wasn’t an option.

You didn’t have a spot to practice meditation in between meetings or schedule a quick 30 minute yoga session during your lunch break.

Working from home allows us to have that little bit more freedom and a little bit more privacy.

We, at moonbird, decided to take advantage of our freedom to start implementing breathing breaks into our busy schedules.

How we start

Every day we kick off our day with a team meeting. We all discuss our goals and tasks for the day ahead and to just check-in with each other. Before we kick off this meeting, we collectively take a moment to breathe.

One of us takes the lead on this and gives us the go ahead. We start together, we close our eyes and just breathe for one minute, to just be. Not only are we all doing a small activity together as a team, we also take a moment out of our busy days to practice what we stand for.

Have a breather

Starting your team meetings with breathing exercises might not be something you can implement. But that doesn’t mean you cannot do this exercise for yourself.

We’ll provide you with a small one-minute exercise you can do anywhere, anytime. You might be reading this post at work (in your home office) right now so let’s just do this one together.
  1. Sit comfortably. Try and sit up a little straighter than usual with your shoulders arched backwards to ensure sufficient space for your lungs. Make sure your two feet are flat on the ground.
  2. Take a few slow deep breaths. Breathe in and out through your nose as much as possible.
  3. Do this for at least one minute. Set a stopwatch (not a timer!) and see how far you can get. The longer you can do this exercise the better, but try to do it for at least one minute.
  4. Try and feel your entire body relax into the support of your chair.
You can do this exercise at your desk when you feel yourself getting a little worked up, before a big meeting or whenever you feel like it.

We know that it isn't always easy to find your right breathing pace or to know where to start. For this reason, we created moonbird as your personal breathing coach. moonbird guides your breath in a tactile and intuitive way. We made moonbird fit your hand so you can do your breathing exercises wherever and whenever you want. The best part? You can try out moonbird for free for 2 weeks. Because we know you’ll love it.