SIMPLE RELAXATION TECHNIQUES
What we do with mindfulness practice is exercise the muscle of our attention by having a chosen focus that we come back to again and again.
When we ruminate (think deeply about something), we dwell on events, real or imagined, in a way that pulls us down or winds us up. The ability to engage in some form of mindfulness practice can help us take a step back from troubling thoughts or feelings, and allow us to observe them rather than getting caught up in them.
Research shows the benefits of regular mindfulness practice include stress reduction, improved mood, strengthened memory, improved ability to focus, enhanced immune function and reduction in psychological distress. Mindfulness has also been shown to counter anxiety and depression, as well as reduce the risk of relapse of depression.
If you haven’t engaged in mindfulness practice before, or you’re simply looking for a 10 minute recharge from the challenges of the day, may we suggest you try one of these four simple relaxation segments. Simply find a quiet place, a comfortable place to sit or lie down, and allow these relaxation segments to help you drift away to a sense of blissful joy and contentment.
Extracts taken from 'Seven Ways to Build Resilience,' by Chris Johnstone.