Ok, so I actually am not big on bubble baths, but I thought the title would catch your attention, and it is very relevant to this topic and post!
The first 2 techniques can be used anywhere, anytime!
In the last post I mentioned breathing while assessing a stressor, but let me expound upon that subject. Breathing properly is very important to our mental health. Most people get used to breathing shallow and do not fill their lungs. If you do not breathe deep enough, you will not get enough oxygen to the brain. It is important to breath from the diaphram.
To be certain you are doing this correctly:
- Lie on your back and place your hand on your stomach.
- Take a deep breath. Breathing properly would make your stomach, and therefore your hand, raise.
- If your chest rises, that’s not correct. Practice til you get it the hang of it.
- Do this several times a day. When you first wake up, before going to sleep at night, anytime you feel stressed.
- You could also think of some everyday thing that happens to you to be a reminder to breathe deeply, IE: at a traffic light, in an elevator, waiting in a line.
The next thing you can do to relieve anxiety is to close your eyes. You can do this along with your breathing as a added benefit. Closing your eyes helps to stop visual stimulation and helps you separate yourself from your situation, if only for a minute. be careful of doing this on the job if you do not want your employer to think you are seeping. And obviously, don’t use this technique while driving!
And then we get to the bubble bath, or any bath for that matter. Warm water has its own type of soothing, healing properties. It can soothe tired muscles, cleanse weary feet, wash away some of the worries of the day. Whether you are a hot shower type or the long lingering bath type, make sure you get in some water on a daily basis, if not more often!
These 3 things, when made part of your daily disciplines, will work to help relieve your body from that constant state of tension, and give your body an opportunity to begin to heal.
What about you? What everyday disciplines do you have that help you? Have you used the 3 above?
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