Have you taken a deep breath yet today?
When life gets busy and stressful, we may go through an entire day without taking a single full breath. This can in turn increase the level of stress and busyness that we experience because our mind and breathing are closely connected. When we feel stressed or anxious, our breathing becomes more shallow; in turn, each shallow breath we take activates our fight-or-flight response, further increasing our internal sense of pressure and stress.
Taking a deep breath, on the other hand, sends the “all clear” signal to our bodies and brains so that deep breathing, when practiced regularly, can lessen anxiety and depression, improve your mood, lower blood pressure, slow your heart beat, and even help with insomnia.
The 3 – 2 – 1 Project’s mission is to help you begin to reap the benefits of deep breathing by reminding you to pause and take a complete breath, even just a few times each day. In order to do so, we are distributing “3 – 2 – 1” cards at numerous locations around the city. Our hope is that you will leave the card somewhere where you will see it several times each day – maybe in your wallet, or next to your toothbrush, or in the cup holder in your car. When you see the card, please let it remind you to take just a moment to breathe in smoothly and gently (ideally, your abdomen and chest will both expand as you breathe in), pause, and then breathe out for a slow count of 3 – 2 – 1. *
Our hope is that these moments of breathing will add small oases of quiet to your busy life – small moments in which you connect to the part of you that is still and calm. And our wish is that, over time, these moments will add up to create just a little bit more peace in your life.
Mirjam, Angela, Bethany, Hillary, Lauren, Mikiela and Mindy
* The material appearing on this website is for educational use only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.