Mindful Breathing Exercise


So often we’re caught
up in life’s demands with no time to stop,
but becoming more aware of your own thoughts
and feelings and what’s around you,
and accepting the present moment, can help
improve your mental health and wellbeing. Doing this affects both the
mental and the physical you. Some people call this being
more mindful. Focusing on the present means
paying attention to your thoughts and feelings,
right here, right now. Breathing exercises are a great
way to focus on the present and be
more mindful. Doing this can also help
when you’re feeling stressed or anxious. This short video will take
you through how to do a mindful
breathing exercise. Firstly, settle into a natural,
comfortable position. When you’re ready, take
a deep breath in and a deep breath out. Breathe naturally, noticing
the sensations of the breath entering and leaving the body as best you can. Allow your shoulders and neck
to relax, focusing on your breathing,
just being aware of it. Focus on how your body feels. What sensations do you notice? Do you feel your feet on
the floor, or the feeling of your clothes
on your skin? Take this time to pay
close attention to physical sensations,
from the top of your head right down to your toes. Notice what you’re thinking
about right now and how you’re feeling. Just take the time to notice
your thoughts and feelings without judgement, and without trying to
change them. When you’re ready, take
one more breath and try to bring this awareness
with you into the next moments
of your day. Breathing techniques like this
one can help to centre you in the moment
at any time, and connect you with
the present, which can help if you’re
feeling stressed or anxious.

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