During this time of year as people begin to fall back into their regular routine of work/school it is a great time to incorporate relaxation exercises to help deal with lifes daily stressors.
Meditating is a great way to nurture your self while calming your mind, body and soul.
Here is a meditative breathing exercise that you can try:
It takes practice to meditate for long periods of time, so you may want to try and do this at first for five- fifteen minutes.
Find a quiet space and put on calming/relaxing music that you enjoy. Feel free to set a timer or music for the time you wish to mediate for. Get comfortable sitting either in a lotus position or lying down. Just close your eyes and notice your breath. Watch and observe the flow of your breath.
Watch as your thoughts may increase for the first few minutes of meditating. If this happens, then imagine placing them in a helium filled balloon and let them float away. Then just gently bring yourself back to your breath. You can repeat this as many times as you need to. Just keep coming back to your breath.
As time goes on notice how focusing on your breath allows your mind and body to begin to tune out the outside world and distractions. Notice how your body and mind begins to let go and relax. You can do this for as long as you wish.
When you are ready, gently open your eyes. Take a moment or two before you get up.
This breathing exercise can allow you to rejuvenate, feel refreshed, and be more focused as you go about the rest of your day.
By Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master
I treat a variety of issues using diverse modalities such as Hypnosis, Reiki, and Cognitive Behavioral approaches in my private practice at: The Temperance Center in Eastchester, NY. For more information call my office at (914) 793-2600