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Color Cue Challenge: Reminding Yourself to Breathe, Relax, and Take Care of Yourself

Written by: Nick Ortner

Most of us know that taking a few deep breaths is good for us. But do we remember to relax and breathe on a regular basis? Not always.

Today’s world is a busy one. There is so much to think about, so much to do, so much to keep up with… and most of us can barely stay on top of our to-do lists, let alone remember to relax and breathe deeply throughout the day! 

So today, I’ve got an easy, simple challenge for you. It’s called the Color Cue Challenge. 

The goal of this challenge is to help you create a cue for yourself, so that you can more easily remember to take those moments to breathe, relax, and do things that nourish you (like Tapping!) as you go about your day.

The Color Cue Challenge: How it Works

Here’s how to do the Color Cue Challenge:

1. Choose a color. It can be any color of the rainbow that feels right for you.

2. Commit to taking a deep breath every time you see that color today. So if you choose red, for example, throughout your day you might see a red stoplight, a red stop sign, a red child’s ball, a red book cover, or a red mug. When your eyes land on that color red, it will cue you to take a deep breath in and out.

Simple as that! Every time you see that color today, you are going to take a deep breath. The color you choose will serve as a trigger for you to take a brief moment to relax amidst your busy day.

Beyond Breathing: Using Color Cues for All Sorts of Self-Care

I love using the Color Cue Challenge for breathing. 

But this technique can actually be used for anything, not just taking deep breaths! You could also use a color cue to remind yourself to repeat positive affirmations, to slow down and check in with your body, to stretch, to unclench your jaw or relax your shoulders, or even to do some Tapping!

Experiment with this color cue challenge for any sort of small, daily self-care practice that you want to make more space for in your life.

Try the Color Cue Challenge Today!

If you want to try out this challenge today, then I encourage you to pick a color right now, and imagine it in your mind. Think about the practice you want to associate with that color.

Now, look around you to find something of that color in your surroundings. 

And start right now. As your eyes focus on the color you’ve chosen, do the thing – whether that be breathing, Tapping, repeating an affirmation, or even just simply unclenching your jaw. 

There you go! You’ve already done it! Great job. 

As you continue about your day, repeat this process as often as possible. Whenever your eyes fall on that color, take a deep breath or do a mini self-care practice. 

It will only take a few seconds at a time, but the results will add up throughout the day!

Until next time…

Keep Tapping!

Nick Ortner

P.S. Want to incorporate more grounding, self-care practices into your daily routine? 

Try out our Anxiety Relief: 5, 4 ,3, 2, 1 Method session in the app. This short process reduces anxiety and gets you centered.

Or try out the Settle Your Body session; it’s free in the app, just 6 minutes long, and is a favorite for getting settled and balanced.



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