And breathe…..

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I often hear people say September is a busy and rather stressful month, so i’ve come to the conclusion that September is the new January ! After a long and often warm summer with a little over indulgence, September can often feel like a detox. As the nights draw in, the temperatures drop we all begin to get an urge to hibernate and what better time to focus on ’clearing the mind’ than now. Do you struggle to relax and calm your mind? Do you have a lot of internal chatter? Are you easily distracted? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these then you’re definitely not alone.

How often do you take time to just BE? Have a read through my top tips to help you ’clear your mind’ and allow the stresses and worries to melt away.

BREATHE WORK

If you don’t have a meditation practice then just focusing on your breath can really calm your mind and the nervous system down. Focusing on your breath can also really help you to become more present in the moment.

SOUND HEALING

Sound has been utilised for thousands of years as a tool for its therapeutic effects and as an aid in meditation. Research has shown that specific sounds and frequencies can lower blood pressure, decrease your heart rate and support the parasympathetic nervous system (where we rest and digest). 

SHORT WALKS IN NATURE

Try to take 10-15mins out of your day and go and spend time in nature. Take a short stroll with the intention to clear the mind and relax the body. Walk slowly and be mindful of every step you take, see how your feet feel on the ground. Have a little check-in with how you feel at this moment and if an area feels tense or tight breathe into it. 

Take long deep breaths and close your eyes and feel.

MEDITATION

Meditation has been proven to help with stress, calming the mind, concentration, sleep and much more. Sitting down for just five minutes and meditating can make a huge difference to your state of mind. Anyone can meditate, it’s just finding the right style for you.

LISTENING TO MANTRAS

If you struggle to sit in silence, then listening to mantras can be very beneficial in meditation as they are known to easily relax the mind. Mantras can help with boosting memory, improving concentration, lowering stress, adrenalin levels, reducing blood pressure and the heart rate.

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