So many of us live life in the fast lane. We release adrenaline a stress hormone priming us prepare our body to run away from a sabre tooth tiger in years of yore. It has its place. imagine preparing to overtake a car and realising another car is approaching.
We put our foot on the accelerator, go full out and overtake safely, so we can then throttle back and continue our journey. If your foot was hard to the floor all through the journey we would probably end up crashing the car. So we need to be able to fire up but learn to relax too. So today I thought I’d add a short description of a simple relaxation technique for you to use.
The mind needs a rest just as much as the body. This helps you find clarity, positivity and the ability to deal with the hustle and bustle a lot better.
Take 10 minutes for YOU – even if you just try it, because once you’ve tried it, you will never turn back.
The more we can stay relaxed and calm, the better the chance we have of staying focused and reaching our goals.
Roll the body down to a comfortable lying position. This may be either with knees bent resting against each other or lying out in corpse position.
Relax the shoulders down away from the ears, soften the face, arm’s length with palms upwards to allow the shoulders and chest to open, soften through the belly and relax the bottom and hips.
Close eyes and empty the mind of any thoughts and focus on the breath. Breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. Try and get the belly to swell as you breath in deeply and then sign it away. This belly breathing is important as it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which is opposite to the fight and flight system.
Imagine a light behind the eyebrow centre. Breathe in and up to the light, see it brighten. Breathe out and down from the light, see it fade.
Allow yourself 2-3 minutes of just focusing on your breath.
Gently bring awareness back into the room, create small movement through the body, fingers and toes first, take a full body stretch and bring the knees in towards the chest, keeping the eyes closed, bring the body to a comfortable seated position allowing the chest to be open, take a cleansing breath in and take a nice long stretch. Alternatively, do this in bed at night and allow yourself to drift off.
There are meditations on Youtube and you might find you prefer to tune in and have ‘someone’ talk you through the meditations.