Do you find yourself running around and running out of time? Is there never enough time in the day? Do you find it hard to relax? If this is you then try these simple ways to relax and bring a sense of calm to your body and mind:
You can change the way you feel by simply breathing more deeply. Try this simple exercise:
Close your eyes (if it's safe to do so), take a deep breath in and hold for as long as is comfortable. Let your breath out slowly and as you do so relax your whole body. Breathe in for a 2nd time and hold, then slowly breathe out, relaxing your whole body even more. Repeat this breathing pattern until you begin to notice a positive change in your body and you start to feel more relaxed and energised.
2. Letting Go
If you have a spare 5 minutes, find a seat and sit down. Close your eyes. Become aware of any negative feelings coming up in your body. How do they make you feel? Where do you feel them in your body? What sensations are you experiencing?
As you sit, begin to allow these feelings to come to the fore. Don't try to suppress them, allow them to come to the surface and just be with the sensations that arise from the thoughts and feelings. Focus on them fully. If you begin to feel sensations such as heat, sweaty palms and an increased heart rate, deepen your breathing, focus on the sensations and repeat to yourself the words "Let go, let go, let go... " Allow the sensations to flow up and through you, remaining with them until they begin to subside.
By repeating this simple exercise many times, over time you'll begin to let go of negative thoughts and feelings. The sensations that go with them will become less and less intense, and your body will become more relaxed.
3. Slowing Your Pace
One way of bringing a sense of relaxation to your day when you feel you don't have time to do any calming exercises, is to bring a sense of peace to whatever you're doing. If, for example, you are typing, slow your pace down as far as possible and simultaneously increase your focus.
Look deeply at every letter that you type and in so doing allow your increased focus to occupy your mind completely such that everything else is pushed out. Continue this exercise for as long as you can or until you are interrupted. This will not only give you a sense of control, but will also increase your concentration levels.