Breathing Space

Breathing Space - Weekly Self-Care Email Series

R500/$50  R670 / $67 for 6 months and R1000/$100  R1330/$133  for 12 months for one subscriber (25% off – ends 28 February 2018)

We are often too stressed and stretched to remember to take care of ourselves. Breathing Space supports wellness and well-being by offering a brief moment of calm and reflection coupled with a prompt for self-care.

Breathing Space is created for busy people who may not even be aware of how tired and overwhelmed they are; the people who forget to eat, forget to drink and sometimes even forget to breathe. The weekly email is delivered to your inbox at midday every Wednesday (half way through the working week).

The content is designed to be short, easy to read and digest, and supportive for the busy person. (You can read a couple of examples below.)

Each care-byte is designed to make you stop and take some time to come back to yourself. They aim to help you to think about what you need to do for yourself right now, in the moment of reading. They provide some food for thought about how to feed your soul.

Every Wednesday, for less than the price of a coffee (and so much better for you), you could be receiving a Breathing Space mail in your inbox.


Price: R500/$50  R670 / $67 for 6 months and R1000/$100  R1330/$133  for 12 months for one subscriber
(25% off – ends 28 February 2018)

Payment: via EFT or Paypal.

Special sliding scale rates are available for multiple subscriptions for staff, upon request.

Gift Vouchers: You can give this course as a gift (6 or 12 months) – simply contact me to arrange it!

Email me if you would like to sign up for Breathing Space.

Example Email: Take a Break

Our instinct when we are busy is to try to do more than one thing at once. Return phone calls while in the car. Edit reports while in a meeting. Check emails while we are on a call. We aren’t fully present in either of the tasks, and we are doing neither of them (or ourselves) the justice they deserve.

Multi-tasking is very fragmenting, distracting and dis-integrating.

Perhaps the most destructive habit of busy people is eating lunch at our desks while we continue to work, read the news on social media, or try to balance the household budget.

When you have your lunch or tea break at your desk or in front of your computer or smart phone, you swallow the stress and anxiety that comes up in response to what you are reading. You are not doing yourself any favours when you eat your sandwich over your keyboard.

A useful and healthy break doesn’t have to be for long, but it does need to be total. Ten minutes in the sun away from your worries and in the fresh air is much more beneficial than an hour in front of your computer. Ingesting clean air along with your food is so much healthier than swallowing the woes of the world as you lunch.

When you need to take a break, you need to step away from your desk.

Example Email: Take a Breath

When we are anxious or stressed, we forget how to breathe. We take quick, shallow breaths that don’t give us enough oxygen and make us feel even more anxious. The more anxious we are, the less deeply we breathe.

When you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed, you need to take some time, it only needs to be a minute or so, to breathe deeply and well.

Sit quietly.
Breathe in for the count of 3.
Hold for the count of 2.
Breathe out for the count of 3.
Hold for the count of 2.
Repeat as many times as you need to until peace and calm return to your body and mind.

After about a minute, you will start to feel much calmer and more peaceful – and your brain will start to work better now that it is getting enough oxygen. You will be more focused, more productive and able to make better decisions.

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