Life can get busy at times, and it’s easy get caught up in the mess of our own heads. It can feel impossible to get your thoughts straight, and this leads to excessive, and unnecessary stress that could have been avoided. Taking time to be mindful of your physical body, and your mind, should be an important part of everyone’s day.
NOTICE YOUR POSTURE.
How are you sitting? Are you hunched over? Is your body closed off to everything around you? Pull your shoulders back, sit up straight, and feel yourself open up, not only physically, but mentally too.
BE AWARE OF YOUR THOUGHTS.
Try to embrace feeling exactly what you are feeling, however at the same time, try to be aware of why you are feeling the way you are. Is it your surroundings? Is it the people around you? If you’re aware of what is impacting you, and how, it is easier to help yourself relax. You are in full control of mind, you control the negative thoughts.
FEEL YOUR OWN BREATHING.
Are you breathing fast? Slow? Do you feel out of breath? Breathing is one of the most useful relaxation tools, and is the most easily accessed. We are supposed to breathe from our diaphragm, which in short means that if we are laying down, our tummy should inflate, and deflate as we breathe. A lot of stress/anxiety can lead to us chest breathing (even if we don’t realise it). Shallow breathing or chest breathing actually increases the stress and anxiety,