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Practice Mindful Breathing


Updated May 21, 2008

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Mindfulness skills training can be very helpful in reducing symptoms of borderline personality disorder, such as impulsivity and emotional instability. This mindful breathing exercise is a great way to start a mindfulness practice.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 10 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Sit in a comfortable position on the floor or in a chair. Sit upright, with your back straight (but not uncomfortably so).
  2. Gently bring your attention to your breath. There's no need to change how you are breathing in any way, but just notice each breath as you inhale and exhale.
  3. Be aware of the sensations in your body as you breathe; observe what parts of your body move as you breathe.
  4. If other thoughts come in to your mind as you practice, acknowledge them and then gently shift your awareness back to your breathing again.
  5. Continue for 2 to 3 minutes or more, as you like.

What You Need

  • A quiet space
  • Comfortable clothing
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