You take care of your loved ones but do you take care of yourself?
Breathing is the most natural thing in the world until we are stressed. For this reason, I often teach my clients a couple of breathing exercises. Breathing techniques are without a doubt a life skill we should all learn.
- Sit or lie somewhere comfortable. You might want to place a hand on your tummy so you can feel the rise and fall as you breathe.
- Start by sighing gently out of your mouth. This will help you let go of any tension you might be holding.
- Breathe in through your nose for a count of 5.
- Feel your tummy rise. Pause.
- Then breathe out of your nose for a count of 7.
- Feel your tummy fall. Pause.
- Repeat 6 times.
- Sit or lie somewhere comfortable.
- Again start by signing gently out of your mouth to let go of any tension.
- Breathe in for a count of 4.
- Hold at the top of the breath for a count of 4.
- Then gently exhale through your mouth for a count of 4.
- At the bottom of the breath, pause and hold for a count of 4.
- Repeat 6 times
- Another very simple technique you can do anywhere is bi-lateral stimulation. It stops anxiety in its tracks.
- As soon as you start to feel anxious grab a ball, an apple, or a water bottle, whatever you have to hand.
- Simply pass the ball back and forth, from one hand to the other. It will have a more rapid effect if you keep one hand in front of you as the other swings out to the side each time you pass the ball.
- Do this for a minute. Stop take a breath, take note of how you feel. Repeat if necessary.
The reason this works is you’re activating the left and right hemispheres of the brain. sending out blood and electrical impulses that disburse anxiety.
You might like to listen to my Relaxation Audio, please email me for the password.
One of the ways I like to destress is to do yoga or treat myself to reflexology. My friend Andrea, is a wonderful yoga teacher and reflexologist.