The first very easy step that you can take towards wellness is making time every day to be a human being rather than a human ‘doing’.
Learn to unwind
Make this 2-minute stress buster part of your daily routine (or practice it when you’re feeling tense) and feel the tension melt away:
- Simply sit quietly in a chair, feet flat on the floor, hands relaxed in your lap.
- Change your breathing rate, making it deep and slow - the antithesis to stress breathing which is usually fast and shallow.
- Sit like this for between 2 and 10 minutes.
- When your mind wanders, simply bring your attention back to your deep and slow breathing and continue
This will put you in relaxation mode – as simple as that!
Tip: If you're stressed at work and worry you'll look silly doing this exercise at your desk, do it in the bathroom.
Remember, a new habit is only formed if you repeat it until it becomes second nature – every day for at least 4 months.
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Sources: Dr Arien, author of Managing Diabetes and health-related challenges