Progressive muscle relaxation is a technique that enables you to effectively relax your mind and body through systematically tensing and relaxing muscle groups. During this exercise Dr. Catherine will ask you to tense each muscle group in turn for about five seconds, before releasing. You can do this exercise at any point during the day, but it’s a great one to do in bed, especially if you are aware you are feeling a little tense and struggling to relax.
2. Build Resilience and Willpower
Willpower and resilience are both key to success. There will be points in life when you are working towards a goal and you will feel empty, overwhelmed and overworked. At points you will self-doubt and procrastination due to worry. In this session, Alister will lead you through a guided meditation that will help galvanize your inner-strength.
3. Focus on the Positives
All too often in life we get caught in the trap of self-sabotage. We belittle ourselves and forget to recognize our strengths. When we focus is on negative parts of our self, our energy levels drop. In this exercise, you will become aware of any patterns of negative self-talk you have, whilst creating new belief systems and positive patterns. As you start to re-focus on positive elements of yourself and life, you will become more confident in your ability to reach your goals.
4. Confident Communication
Not feeling properly heard and understood by other is a common trigger for stress, and can leave us resentful and unhappy. This session will focus on improving communication skills through developing assertiveness. Dr. Catherine will introduce you a script that you can try out using to help you to communicate more assertively and express your feelings effectively.
5. Manage Stressful Relationships
The relationships we have with other people can be a major source of stress in daily life. In this session Dr. Catherine will guide you through an exercise on how we can establish healthier boundaries with people who cause us stress and limit the way in which these interactions contribute to our stress levels. The exercise will be mainly focusing on your personal relationships as opposed to your professional ones.
6. Peaceful Mind Visualization
Visualization is an effective technique for managing both stress and anxiety. With practice, this technique can enable you to achieve a sense of relaxation in just a few minutes - perfect for when you’ve had a busy stressful day. In this session, Dr. Catherine will guide you through a visualization where you can imagine yourself in a peaceful and safe environment, somewhere that makes you feel calm, happy and relaxed. The more you practice this exercise, the more naturally you will be able to imagine yourself in your peaceful place, and the greater the relaxation effect will be.
7. Mindful Body Relaxation
When we are feeling very stressed, it’s easy to feel ‘stuck in our head’ and disconnected from our physical selves. In this session Dr. Catherine will guide you through a mindful body scan. This is a practice that aims to increase your awareness of the whole of your body to help you to feel calmer, more centred and grounded. You can do this any time of day, but you might like to try it when you’re lying in bed at night, or upon waking in the morning. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing.
8. Stress Relief Through Gratitude
Cultivating gratitude is one of the simpler routes to a greater sense of emotional well-being, higher overall life satisfaction, and a greater sense of happiness in life. In today’s exercise you will learn to shift your mind out of stress mode through a regular practice of gratitude. You can do this exercise at any point during the day, but the best time to do it may be before you go to bed. All you need for this exercise is a pen and a notebook or journal.
9. Learn to Let Go Of Stress
When we are feeling stressed, it is important that we have a way to let go of unhelpful thoughts. In this session, Dr. Catherine will lead you through a mindfulness exercise which will enable you to step back and observe your thoughts, rather than being so caught up in them.
10. Calm the Mind
When we are very stressed, we can feel unable to focus and think straight, wrapped up in worries about what may or may not happen. This can lead you to feel overwhelmed, anxious or panicked, making difficult situations even harder to cope with. One way of regaining your mental focus from an intensely emotional state is through the use of grounding techniques. In this session, Dr Catherine will show youa simple technique you can use when feeling overwhelmed to calm yourself and refocus.