Blue Monday has just come and gone and, although we don't believe in it over here at Mindful Matter, we do believe that you all can find a little more time in their day to concentrate on YOU.
Have a think, when was the last time that you practiced a mindfulness exercise? Probably not enough right? We have put together 3 easy practices to fit into your busy schedule!
ONE MINUTE OF RELAXATION BREATHING
Close your eyes and take a deep breath in for a count of four, then exhale for a count of eight. As you inhale, visualize the movement of oxygen through your respiratory system. As you inhale, imagine any stress you've been holding float away.
Repeat five times
SEVEN MINUTES OF MINDFUL BREATHING MEDITATION
Sit comfortably with a long, straight spine and find a slow, oceanic breath. Begin counting your inhales and exhales from one to ten (inhale one, exhale one; inhale two, exhale two; etc.). When you reach ten, start again but count backward. Repeat this cycle five times.
Once completed, continue to breathe for 2-3 minutes.
5 MINUTE BODY SCAN
Sit or lay down in a comfortable position and find a steady breath. Bring your awareness to sensations in the body, where you will spend several slow breaths on each focal point.
Beginning with the left toes and focusing on each point in the leg. When you notice an area of tension or discomfort, breathe into it, relaxing on the out-breath. Repeat through the right side and torso. Finally, end with the neck and skull
Give these a go once a day for the next week and see what a difference this makes!