This a wonderfully simple and effective exercise that really connects mind and body.
Remember to begin with at least 3 big, deep breaths and use this deep breathing as you visualise breathing out through those areas of tension and discomfort and melting them away.
Make a note of the areas of the deepest tension and discomfort and then once you have completed one full scan, go back and pay special attention to the areas of tension you need to focus on the most. Keep repeating this process until you have eased all the areas of tension and discomfort and feel relaxed and at ease.
You will find that through the deep breathing, the visualisations and the easing of tension you will strengthen your mind-body connection, awareness and communication and feel so much better for it.
I recommend doing this at least twice a day, once first thing in the morning before you go to work and once before you get home at the end of each day.
Have fun exploring with this exercise and as always let me know how you get on.
Smiling is simple, it’s free, there’s no equipment needed yet we often overlook it’s value in terms of our physical and psychological health.
Smiling changes your physiology; posture, your body language. It reduces stress, it leads to laughter and makes you feel good because it stimulates the release of your feel good hormones. So do it and fake that smile to start with until it just happens.
I’ve put together this short little video to get you started, have fun with it and let me know how you get on.
Here’s a list of hormones that make you happy and a few other ideas to get you going.
Serotonin is sometimes called the happiness hormone. Serotonin regulates the mood, prevents depression and makes you feel happy. Serotonin can be released by getting exposed to sunlight, by eating foods rich in carbohydrates and by exercising.
Endorphins can make you feel good, reduce your anxiety and your sensitivity to pain. Endorphins are released by exercising.
Dopamine helps you to feel mentally alert. The lack of it might cause lack of attention, lack of concentration and bad moods. Dopamine can be released by eating foods that are rich in protein.
Phenylethamine is the hormone that results in the feelings we get in the early stages of a relationship. Cocoa beans contain Phenylethamine. eating chocolate might be helpful too.
Gherlin is a hormone that reduces stress and can help you become more relaxed. Ghrelin is released when we become hungry that’s why eating too much is not always a good idea. Just eat according to your body’s needs and never fill your stomach completely in order to maintain good Ghrelin levels.