Take a moment to try the following exercise to calm your mind and body.
Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed for 5 or 10 minutes and remember to switch off your phone.
Sit or lie down in a comfortable position, close your eyes and take a couple of deep breaths (as deep as is comfortable for you).
Encourage your mind to notice your breathing pattern as it slows and settles. In particular, focus your mind on the breath as it leaves the body through the nose or mouth, perhaps even making the out breath a little longer and slower than usual, if it's comfortable to do so.
Imagine that each time you breathe out, any physical tension is gently leaving the body with the out breath. And along with this, you might also imagine any anxiety or irritation being carried out of the body with the out breath.
Continue for as long as you feel comfortable to do so. When you notice your mind has strayed from your breathing to think about other things (which it will do) just gently bring it back to re-focus on the out breath.
Return and open your eyes when you feel ready.
This is an exercise which need only take a few minutes and can be repeated as often as you wish.
Please note: none of the suggestions in this newsletter should be used as a substitute for medical advice or treatment
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