Reduce stress and combat depression in just 10 minutes
Would you like to take just 10 minutes out of your day to do a simple breathing technique and see big results?
Just 10 minutes is all you need for you to feel refreshed and invigorated. You will experience calm as if your head has had a spring-clean. You'll be able to carry on with your day in a more productive way. Well - are you interested?
Do you go through your day trying to fit everything in, rushing around like a headless chicken and getting nowhere? It is easy to get lost in all the goings-on and discover, at the end of a very tiring day, that you have achieved very little? Does it get you down? Cause you stress?
You needn't suffer like this. Just 10 minutes out of your time can seriously improve your mood and productivity. You have to try it to believe it.
I often get bogged down with work - chasing my tail - going round in circles trying to fit everything in and please everyone. Well you needn't feel bogged down with the chores of the day. The answer I found was meditation. It's simple but very, very effective.
A teacher at night class once asked me if I had meditated before I came out. She obviously thought that my attempt at painting that night was not up to standard and she advised that I meditate to wind down from work. Before that, it never occurred to me to meditate - and to be honest, I didn't know how.
It was some years later before I tried it. One evening, after a particularly difficult and emotional day at work, I felt a build up of anxiety and needed some release from the pressure and stress I was putting myself under. So I went in search of a meditation tape and bought several before I found one that really helped. I have since acquired several more aids to relieve my anxieties.
Although meditation aids can help you to focus your mind, a simple breathing technique is sometimes all you will need. Here's how you can relieve those stresses and strains of modern life in just 10 minutes:
This can be done anytime, anywhere and in any position - standing,
lying down or simply sitting.
It is more effective if you are still during this exercise and are
able to close your eyes, as this will focus your mind. Also,
breathing through your nose is preferable, although not essential.
So here we will begin:
- Take a slow breath in, as long as you can, until you can feel it
reaching the top of your head.
- Hold your breath comfortably for a little while and then slowly
release your breath down to your toes.
- If your tongue is touching the roof of your mouth while doing this exercise, let it drop; this will help you to relax.
- Breathe in again slowly imagining the air travelling from your
toes to the top of your head.
- Then slowly release the air back down again.
Continue doing this until your mind feels light and refreshed.
By concentrating on your breath during this exercise, you will find
that you feel totally replenished after just 10 minutes, enabling
you to continue with your day in a more relaxed manner.
Until next time, take it easy - you deserve it!
By Christina Fields
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