Dantehas quoted10 months ago

Are you someone who suffers from cold hands or feet? If so, try this exercise.

STEP 1Fill a bucket with one-third ice and two-thirds water.

STEP 2Redirect your mental focus to your hands (or feet).

STEP 3Place your hands or feet into the ice bucket.

STEP 4Hold your hands or feet in the bucket for two minutes. At some point, they should start to feel warm instead of cold.

STEP 5Remove your hands or feet from the ice bucket, but keep your mental focus on them.

STEP 6Shake them out several times to encourage the blood flow into your newly awakened extremities.

Your blood vessels constrict in the ice bucket at first. This is a natural protective mechanism. But then they open when your blood reaches 50 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing warm blood to flood into them. You are resetting the physiology in your extremities. People who often complain of cold hands or feet suffer from poor vasoconstriction and dilation. The muscles around the veins in their hands and feet do not function well and need to be retrained. This ice-bucket exercise helps. If you typically have cold hands or feet, try doing this exercise daily. Adaptation occurs rather quickly. After a couple of days of this exercise, you will find that your extremities aren’t so cold anymore.
Dantehas quoted10 months ago

Before engaging with this breathing technique, remember to be mindful. Listen to your body and learn from the signals your body and mind send you while you are doing the exercises. Use those signals as personal feedback about the effect of the exercises on your body and mind, and adjust them as needed to find what works best for you.3

STEP 1Sit in a meditation posture, lying down, or whichever way is most comfortable for you, in a quiet and safe environment. Make sure you can expand your lungs freely without feeling any constriction.

Close your eyes and try to clear your mind. Be conscious about your breath and try to
Dantehas quoted10 months ago
fully connect with it. Take thirty to forty deep breaths in through the nose or mouth. Fill up your belly, your chest, all the way up to your head. Don’t force the exhale. Just relax and let the air out. Fully in, letting go.

STEP 3At the end of the last breath, draw the breath in once more and fill the lungs to maximum capacity without using any force. Then relax to let the air out. Hold the breath until you feel the urge to breathe again. This is called the retention phase.

STEP 4When you feel the urge to breathe, take one deep breath in and hold it for ten to fifteen seconds. This is called the recovery breath.

STEP 5Let your breath go and start with a new round. Fully in, letting go. Repeat the full cycle three to four times.
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