I want to share with you a powerful relaxing and rejuvenating technique
It's so quick and easy that you'll probably be suspicious about how effective it could be - I can assure you that it does work and I use it daily.
I use it for connecting back to myself when I’m working. Hours and hours spent writing in front of the computer can leave me with a racing mind, mentally fatigued and slightly agitated. It calms my mind, allows my whole body to relax, and creates space for me to be able to think creatively again.
I use it a few times a day to check back in with myself. It’s also perfect for calming anxiety.
SO WHAT IS THIS MAGICAL ELIXIR?
OK, it’s not just simply to breathe. We spend every second of our life breathing, and if we stopped, we’d be dead. But this technique takes only around a minute so why not give it a go?
HOW DO YOU FEEL?
While I was in India, I learned about Pranayama – an incredibly powerful breathing technique practised by Yogis. I was surprised that something as simple as breathing, something that we do subconsciously, can improve one’s wellbeing significantly if done only slightly differently. When I came home, I applied what I’d learned to my daily life.
How do you breathe?
I used to walk around paying no attention to my breath whatsoever – perhaps even holding it, or breathing very shallowly.
Tip: If you find that your breathing feels restricted around the chest area this could be due to your shoulders being hunched up with tension so try some head rotations to release the stress in that area.
I love this because it’s a free tool, that we have unlimited access to, that we can use anywhere. On the train, in the bath, at work, in a meeting, on a plane, in the pub. Wherever and whenever we feel like it.
To receive honest and absorbing stories to help us try and make sense of our world please get on my email list.
Hannah Anstee is a former British Wellness Journalist turned Women’s Midlife & Wellbeing Coach.
You may know her from her work as Beauty Editor at YOGA Magazine or her contributions to The Independent or Psychologies Magazine.
Hannah uses a kind and candid approach to help women rewrite their stories.