Mindful Movement to Beat the Afternoon Slump

The next time you need to wake up your body for a mid-day meditation, try this 6-minute mini-mindfulness retreat to go from foggy to focused.

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Before heading for the vending machine for a mid-day pick me up, try an all-natural, zero-calorie option: mindfulness. This energizing mini-retreat is the perfect remedy for workday sluggishness, waking up your body, refreshing your brain, and shifting you from foggy to focused.

Moving and breathing in rhythm for a few minutes makes you feel lighter, brighter, and more alert. A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that acute physical exercise enhances executive functioning. In other words, short spurts of exercise have the potential to snap you out of afternoon dullness and energize us for the rest of the workday.

Mindful Movement to Beat the Afternoon Slump

Come as you are—this energizing mini-retreat is work clothes friendly and can easily be done in front of your desk.

Let’s begin.

1) Breathe of Fire: This invigorating breathing exercise involves 20-40 short powerful exhales. It’s an ideal way to release built up tension and lift your mood. Try it seated or standing. Take a full breath in through your nose and pause for a moment. Start with your arms up, making fists with your hands, and as you exhale pull your elbows down to your…