Listen: get charged up to write using your breath

Over on the Whisper Collective Podcast, I’ve just released a series of audio recordings from the new book, Writing Well and Being Well for your PhD and Beyond.

Here is another breathing practice. In this fifth practice, I walk you through the second of three breathing practices. This one is best if you need to feel fired up. It’s hard to read and count and breathe, but it’s easy to breathe if someone else keeps count for you, so let me help.

Taking a deep breath often makes us think about calming down (and I gave you a practice for a calming breath here).

But we can use our breathing to get fired up too. The other part of the ‘flight and freeze’ response is the ‘fight’ instinct. If you find feeling like fighting gets you excited about writing, then a calming breath isn’t going to help you, you’ll need something to fire you up instead. Here is an energizing breath for firing up your writing. 

Wake up your breath and your brain and your writing in this 2-minute breathing practice. 

Listen here, with links to all your favourite listening platforms:

This practice comes from Chapter 5, ‘Editing’  in Writing Well and Being Well for your PhD and Beyond. 

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