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1) Take Three Full Breaths

  • First breath: Bring your full attention to breathing.
  • Second breath: Relax the body. Drop your shoulders.
  • Third breath: Ask yourself: What’s important right now? 

Body Response: The breath is the life force and without it, our organs and bodily system could not survive. It’s so simple, yet intentional breathing supports a method to train the body’s reaction to stressful situations and lessen the production of harmful stress hormones. 

2) Head, Body, Heart, Check-in

Take three full breaths, scanning one area of the body with each breath.

  • First breath: Scan the head, representing thoughts.
  • Second breath: Scan the body, representing emotions and sensations.
  • Third breath: Scan the heart, representing values and intentions.

Body Response: With intentional awareness, gentleness, and kindness provided to the body in a time of challenge and adversity, we can access and achieve a sense of ease, relaxation, and calm. 

3) Slow Down and S.T.O.P.
When you are in your head and need a moment to pause, stop thinking about whatever is in your current train of thought and redirect it in a healthy way.

  • S: Stop what you are doing
  • T: Take a breath 
  • O: Observe your surroundings 
  • P: Peacefully proceed 

Body Response: This practice physically stops the body and mind in their tracks. It allows you to regain confidence in your experience and take a refreshing breath, engaging the parasympathetic nervous system.

Read the article on mindful.org.Mindfulness Images, Stock Photos & Vectors | Shutterstock [View Image]


Join VCU HR and VCU Dept of Recreation & Well-Being for two upcoming Guided Meditation sessions! See below for more details.

Wednesday, October 20th – 2 pm

Guided Meditation

(Presented by VCU HR and VCU Dept of Recreation & Well-Being)

In a time of chaos and uncertainty, our 30-minute guided meditation will provide a sense of calm, peace, and balance, while improving attention, focus, and ability to work through stressful circumstances.

Register: Talent@VCU


Wednesday, October 27th – 2 pm

Guided Meditation

(Presented by VCU HR and VCU Dept of Recreation & Well-Being)

In a time of chaos and uncertainty, our 30-minute guided meditation will provide a sense of calm, peace, and balance, while improving attention, focus, and ability to work through stressful circumstances.

Register: Talent@VCU

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