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The Break You Carry With You

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If you’re like most of the leaders I work with, your calendar is racked and stacked, your inbox is full and your smartphone is always buzzing. It’s pretty hard to show up mindfully when all of that is going on. You need to take a break, but how do you find the time?

The good news is that a short break can make a big difference and you carry all the tools you need to take one around with you all day long. It’s your breath, but it only helps if you breathe the right way. Yeah, I know; you’ve been breathing all your life and have, obviously, done it somewhat successfully. But if you’re going to get the mindful benefits of breathing, you probably have to do it a little differently than you’ve been doing it.

In this week’s Mindful Monday post, I share a short video that teaches you how to breathe to activate your parasympathetic nervous system in a way that will help you be a more mindful leader.

What do you do to create short breaks that help you be a more mindful leader?

Executive coach Scott Eblin’s goal is to help you succeed at the next level of leadership. Throughout the week, he’ll offer his take on the leadership lessons in the news and his advice on your most pressing leadership questions. A former government executive, Scott is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and is the author of The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success.

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