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We have attached an audio link to one of our Senses Practice and tips on everyday relaxation techniques to help give you some breathing space and to bring you calm. Why not check out our mindfulness and relaxation products on our shop page.

  • Close your eyes- Start by breathing in slow and deep with your eyes closed, using your entire body, you want to fill your stomach first and your chest second, and you want to breath slowly both in and out. When you have filled up your lungs, hold for a few seconds before you exhale. Breathe in through your nose and breathe out perhaps out through your lips, blowing out the stress and tension.
  • Count backwards- Slowly count backwards on the out breath from 18 to one. You can do this in your mind, or you can do this out loud. Start over every time you reach one. Remember, slow, measured breathing is important.  Repeat this until you feel your mind is focusing less on your stressful thoughts.
  • Focus on your body -Concentrate on the way your body feels right now. Notice the areas of your body that are tense and direct the breath there , see if you can do this through every part of the body. You should feel yourself beginning to be less tense and that your muscles can let go. As if your entire body has gone limp and boneless and is now just floppy and if it helps, try to imagine yourself feeling heavy, warm, and tingly as though your tense muscles are no longer holding you up. Remember to relax your face and eyes and jaw and just breathe into the whole body for 6-10 breaths.
  • Turn off each muscle- The best way to do this is repeat the above steps to turn off each muscle one at a time. Start with your feet, then legs and so on by imagining those areas feeling heavy and weak. Keep moving your way up until you’ve reached your face. Then go through it one more round, and make sure that each and every muscle feels turned off.
  • Wipe negative thoughts away- When negative thoughts enter your mind, try and visualize turning them into an object and have some relaxing thing take it away as you breath out. For example put the thought in a balloon and let the ballon go as you breath out, or or put it on a leaf and let the wind take it away or blow it out into the air on the out breath.  Continue the process until you can’t focus on your negative thoughts anymore, for as long as possible, or any time stress or a negative thoughts take hold and overwhelm you.