Everything is energy. Albert Einstein says. Elvis says. How we manage our energy is the key to a fulfilled life. In work and play.
In 2019, we are exploring energy. How it affects us physically, mentally and spiritually. We have hooked up with a series of experts who will set an experiment every month to help us discover a way of managing our energy. We are all unique, what works for some might not work for another. The experiments will be simple, something we can fit into our daily lives that takes around 10 minutes a day. At the end of the year we will have worked out a bespoke plan of the best way to manage our personal energy. Dip into the experiments that you fancy or get on board and enjoy the full ride!
In January, we start with breathing. Breathing is the cornerstone to our work at Elvis. It felt like the best place to begin our journey. Babies breathe beautifully; big detoxifying belly breaths. But as we grow and our environmental stress increases, our breath starts to become shallower and faster.
Science helps explain. The Autonomic Nervous System is our bodies way of coping with life. It is made up of the Stress Response and the Relaxation Response. Sadly, for most of us, our stress response is working over-time. It is designed for life threatening situations yet we trigger it every day over relatively trivial things, mostly due to our minds being overloaded as a consequence of our 24/7 lives.
When we breathe slowly, deeply and lengthen our exhalations we can naturally trigger our Relaxation Response. This response is the most advanced stress reduction system we have. Luckily, it’s built into us – free and super simple to use.
To teach us how to access our Relaxation Response, we are working with speaker, mindfulness coach and breathing expert Michael Townsend Williams. Michael is the author of Do Breathe and founder of BreatheSync.
BreatheSync is a free app that guides your body into a relaxed state and personalises the process so you can progress to become a master of breathing!
This is the January plan:
Download and sign into the BreatheSync app.
Follow the prompts and put your details in, including your age.
The app then takes your WQ (Wellbeing Quotient) – this measures your Heart Variability Rate (the gaps between heart beats) whilst breathing. Athletes use it. It provides you with an indication of whether you need to rest, relax or go for it! When HRV is low it’s best to take it easy, when it’s high you can step up your game.
Week 1: Once a day follow the 1 minute breathing exercise. You can set the app up to prompt you and then record your WQ.
Week 2: Once a day you do the same but for 2 minutes.
Week 3: Once a day for 3 minutes.
Week 4: Three times a day for 3 minutes.
You’ll then have a record of your months WQ to see how you have progressed. (If you don’t want to add your details to the app, you can still do the experiment.)
Research and feedback states that you will immediately feel the benefit. Your sleep will improve, you will feel calmer, more aware, more positive and more alive.
Who’s joining us?