Feeling stressed and tense? Maybe you’ve been sitting at that desk too long and it’s time for some relaxation. You know those muscles across the back of your shoulders tighten up and need to be loosened and relaxed.
Try abdominal or diaphragmatic breathing, you’ll be surprised how relaxing and energising this simple technique can be.
When the tension is starting to build and your muscles are a little tight this technique can give you relief. Wouldn’t that be helpful to you?
In a quiet place where you will not be disturbed for 20-30 minutes, sit down or lay flat, put some relaxing soft music on if it helps and concentrate on your breathing.
Abdominal or diaphragmatic breathing.
Close your eyes if it helps and focus only on your breathing. Take slow, deep breaths in through the nose, down into the belly using your diaphragm to fill your lung fully with energising oxygen and release your breath slowly and gently.
This is the most natural breathing. It is deep and slow, rhythmic and relaxing. As you become more aware of your breathing pattern, in and out.
You will balance your oxygen and carbon dioxide blood levels, normalise you heart rate, and reduce your muscle tension. Imagine that life giving oxygen going to all parts of your body via your many blood vessels as your heart pumps a strong, steady regular and rhythmic beat. As your body become more relaxed, you become more consciously aware of who you are and who you want to be. As you allow yourself to get in touch with your “higher self” you will notice feelings of harmony, trust, gratitude and love which you can come back to any time you like (this is called anchoring by NLP teachers)
Practice this technique at least once a day for about 20 minutes and you will notice the profound relaxation induced by diaphragmatic breathing will assist you to re-establish your emotional equilibrium and free up energy for your daily tasks and for healing.
I trust you will find this technique useful -
Let me know what you have found yourself, regards how to relax and enjoy your life more fully.