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You’re probably already aware of the importance of relaxation but did you know that there are also short breathing exercises you can do to help you calm down in moments of panic?
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Practise these tricks when you are not feeling stressed. That way, you will be able to do this exercise on autopilot in times of actual stress and panic.
Sit down on a chair, block out external stimuli for a while and focus on your body. Place your feet firmly on the ground. Can you feel the fabric of your socks? Feel how your bum rests on the seat of the chair. Is the seat soft or hard? Give your shoulders a quick shake, so they feel nice and loose. Are you sitting comfortably? Take a couple of deep breaths in and out through your nose and follow your breath. By taking a moment to mindfully focus on feeling, you automatically stop thinking, which makes you relax.
Another way to focus your awareness on your body for a while is to do a quick body scan. Start at your feet and work your way up. Can you feel where the tension is? Are your back and shoulders nice and straight yet relaxed? Or are your shoulders raised and tense? Find a posture that works for you and requires as little physical effort as possible. Feel all the tension melt away and take the signals your body is sending you seriously.
Do you suffer from tension in your shoulders and back? A massage can work wonders! This doesn’t necessarily need to be a back massage, a facial and head massage or a foot massage will also leave you feeling totally Zen!