I’m not sure who you are reader, I don’t know how old you are, where you’re from or anything about you really; but the one thing I do know is that we all get stressed at some point. The main stress I’m going through at the moment is exam stress and the pressure I’m feeling from teachers and family to do well in my upcoming exams. I think that its important for us to just take a minute to breathe deeply, clear our heads and just have a ‘time out’.
We can take our time outs at any time or place during the day – I had my time out on the train on the way home from college this afternoon. I simply shut my eyes and stopped thinking about the stress of exams and the real world for a minute, and when I opened them a few moments later I felt lighter, clear-headed and ready for the rest of the day. You don’t need to be a meditation expert to do this, you just need to shut your eyes and see where your thoughts take you before pushing them all away and breathing for a minute.
A breathing practise I learnt when I first started practising yoga was the ocean breath and it has now become one of my most loved breathing techniques because it is so simple yet effective. I will always do this exercise before starting a yoga flow as I find it centres me and connects me with the earth.
- Sit with your legs gently crossed and sit up tall with your back straight but relaxed
- Rest your hands on your knees making sure to keep you arms and elbows soft
- Take a deep breath in through your nose and hold it for a few seconds
- Then let your lips slightly come apart as you release the breath in a long and slow exhale
- Repeat 10 – 15 times or longer if desired
Although short but slightly rambled I hope I have helped you to take a moment out of your busy day to clear your head and connect with your inner self, even if just for a moment or two. You need to remember to give yourself a break and look after your mind everyday because it will lead to loving your body more which is my ultimate aim of this blog.
‘Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom’ – Aristotle