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Body Awareness: 5-Minute Relaxation Technique

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Julie Montagu
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For times when you are feeling a little overwhelmed or anxious, this five minute body awareness exercise will bring you back to the present moment and free you from stressful thoughts. This relaxation exercise can be done at any time of day and is most effective when you sit in a chair with your feet firmly on the floor; but find the most comfortable seated position that works for you. Give yourself this little break to feel calm, happy and balanced.

Instructions

Once you have found a comfortable position in which to sit then close your eyes and breathe deeply in whilst counting to four.

You can then exhale slowly as you count to six and repeat this process six times.

Once you have done this six times, begin to breathe again as you normally would. The begin to focus your attention on your fingertips and imagine that you are actually breathing through your fingertips.

After a few moments of adjusting to this idea, repeat the previous breathing exercise of breathing in for four counts and breathing out for six counts, six times - all the while imagining that you are breathing in and out through your fingertips.

Once you have done this six times with your fingertips, refocus your attention to your forehead, and repeat the breathing exercise again. Move from here to doing the same thing with your feet, and then finally with your chest.

The key is to really imagine that the breath is coming in and out of these areas, and to be aware of how this might feel if it were a reality, and also how it does actually feel.

Once you have completed this breathing technique you can then return your breathing to normal and bring your attention back to the present moment.

If you feel like you need to spend some time with your eyes closed in relaxation before you completely finish the technique then feel free to do so.

As soon as you are ready, stand up from your seated position and stretch all of your limbs for a few moments before ending the practice.

Body Awareness: 5-Minute Relaxation Technique
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