In these traumatic times, we can greatly reduce our stress with our mind and body. We can do this with our breath, dynamic action, positive thinking, and relaxation. You may well think this is easy to say, but with the right exercises it is very possible, and such methods have changed my own life. You can free yourself and those you love from fear and stress, and perhaps, hopefully, experience some joy and happiness in these grim times.
In my last blog post, we covered the correct BREATHING for anxiety relief. This exercise, which can be used in conjunction with the first, covers AWARENESS.
It is vital to breathe through your nose during this exercise. This way of inhaling is important to our wellbeing; mentally, and physically. You will feel refreshed, and will not suffer the dryness associated with mouth breathing.
It is better for you to do this lying down on a bed, comfortable couch, or a recliner. You should not attempt this standing up. As you do this exercise, be aware of your breathing, but don’t force it. Just let it happen naturally.
This exercise is performed preferably with your eyes closed or covered to avoid distractions. Once in a comfortable position and breathing correctly, let your mind pass to the skin and muscles of your forehead. Be aware of and become interested in any sensations in the skin. Maybe you have never been too conscious of the sensations on the surface of your skin before – how it works, quietly interacting with your brain, sending vital messages.
Allow your mind to ‘flow over’ to the muscles beneath the skin. What are the feelings? In this pleasant reverie – or ‘daydreaming’ state – let your mind drift to your neck. What are the sensations in the skin of your neck, and then in the muscles? Whether they are pleasant or unpleasant, accept them; don’t analyse and don’t judge. Just let go and allow it all to happen. Now, let your mind drift down to your shoulders. Again, feel the sensations in the surface of the skin, then the muscles. You should now be both relaxed and aware.
Let your mind gradually drift down to all the parts of your body, right down to your toes. In this pleasant ‘daydream’, you may slip into a state between consciousness and sleep. This is known as the Alpha state. If so, you will now be physically, mentally, and emotionally relaxed.
In this state, now visualize a pleasant place; one that is attractive to you. Rather than a place, you could visualize yourself achieving something important in your life, or even a treasured memory. At the same time, always be aware of positive thoughts and your breathing.
As you do this exercise, your anxiety and stress should diminish very quickly. Do practice this regularly, setting aside a quiet time, or when you are feeling anxious or fearful. It may take time to master this technique but the benefits are worth the effort.
I hope you find this awareness exercise useful. Over the coming weeks, I will post more professional advice on how to cope with the stress of this troubling time. If you want to find out more about me and my work, then visit the Katy Walters Website. Please keep yourself safe.