Posted by: Jo Banks
Quick and easy techniques for calming your emotions and gaining back control...
Use these techniques when your feelings are becoming overwhelming or when you feel the need to calm down. No-one needs to know that you’re doing either of these techniques, so it can be used in lots of different situations eg in the office or in meetings or while waiting for an interview to start.
They are designed to centre you and bring you back to a neutral state of wellbeing. :
This exericse works by increasing the oxygen in the blood stream which causes beneficial physiological effects.
Read the exercise through before you do it:
In clinical studies using this technique has significantly reduced feelings of stress, agitation, erratic thought processes and anxiety.
If your thoughts are particularly chaotic and you’re feeling more stressed than usual, try this adaptation:
Again, read through the exercise before you do it.
The first time you do this, you may find it really difficult to stay focussed on your positive picture. But like everything, practice makes perfect. The more you do it and the more you bring yourself back to your positive movie, the easier it will become.
So next time you’re feeling a little out of control or panicky, try one of these exercises – no-one need even know that you’re doing it and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the results!
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