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The Art of Relaxation

In 2020 relaxation is a NECESSITY, it’s a time of unknown – a new world with fear and restrictions.

There are things you control. You can create and maintain stability in your mini world – outer world of your own home, and in your inner world – your body, mind and emotions. You can

✔Fill your home with pictures, photos, artwork that evokes joy
✔Find something positive from challenging situations – eg. lockdown is an opportunity to save time travelling and resume a hobby
✔Grow plants or vegetables
✔Reduce screen time

These will reduce anxiety levels and help the nervous system settle into relaxation.

This A simple process to help relaxation response become active, homeostasis to return and create a sense of well-being.

  • Lie with legs bent or sit
  • Notice how your body feels, get really curious – your body holds much wisdom, what comes into your awareness
  • Watch your breathing, is it fast, slow, steady, erratic, etc
  • Focus on your exhale
  • Gradually increase the length of the exhale while maintaining a comfortable inhale remains (up to twice the length of the inhale)
  • It is natural for the mind to wander, when you notice this use loving awareness to return your focus to the exhale
  • Avoid judgement, criticism or blaming a trigger person or event
  • Check in with your body regularly inviting any tense areas to relax
  • Stay for 5 minutes, longer if you have time especially if feeling anxious/agitated.
  • Make regular time in your schedule for this practice and take mini 3 breath practices as often as possible during the day.

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