March Mindfulness is our new series that explores the explosive growth of mindfulness and meditation technology – culminating in Mashables' groundbreaking competitive meditation concert. Because March shouldn't be madness.
When you are stressed – consumed by thoughts about your next career movement, the embarrassing thing you said a few weeks ago or something else that makes your chest tight – it's good to bring yourself back to the present by taking some deep, stable breaths.
Of course, it's not always easy, but there are plenty of captivating GIFs that can help you visualize your way to mindfulness. These 1
first Marble running in the sky
Inhale as the blue ball falls into the hot air balloon and exhales as it rolls down and plops into the white cloud that flows through the sky.
2. Expanding hexagon
Breathe while watching three white lines blow up in a green hexagon, deflate and then repeat.
3. Marble on fire
If it is a birthday or not, this festive GIF acts as an effective breathing exercise.
4. Growing scribble
Imagine that this black circle represents your worries and shrinks in a small speck.
5. Rainbow circle
Ooh. Ahh. Inhalation and breathing when you admire all the colors in this watercolor painting.
6. Unconventional clock
Breathe in on the blue clock and exhale at green clock.
7. Beating heart
Match your breathing with this ever-changing heart.
8. Surprise octagon
Look when this octagon nicely folds into a single black line.
9. Circle in a Circle
Whatever happens in your head or your immediate surroundings, focus on the blue circle for two to five minutes.
10. Move sphere
Let this geometric shape remind you to breathe.