By Eleanor Guinness
1. Breathing Exercises
Breathing is something that most of us take for granted even though it is essential to our existence. Under states of anxiousness, stress or other mental imbalance, our breathing is prone to going astray without us realising and we tend to take rapid, shallow breaths that come from the chest. This type of breathing, known as thoracic (chest breathing) is harmful to our mental & physical state as it causes an imbalance in carbon dioxide & oxygen levels in the body, which results in your blood not being properly oxygenated. This can cause increased heart rate, dizziness, muscle tension & further exacerbate stress & anxiety.
2. Cold Showers
3. Walking Meditation
- The feeling of the ground and your physical connection with the earth.
- The smell, the sounds, the taste of your surroundings.
- Appreciate how beautiful nature is and for our connection to it.
- Breathe it all in, become fully immersed in it.
4. Listen carefully to others
When you are in a conversation with others it is easy for your mind to start thinking about how you are going to respond instead of actually listening to what the other person is telling you. A life-changing yet simple habit I have been working on is the practice of focusing on solely what the other person is saying. This is incredibly valuable as it will not only make you a much more likeable person, as people can sense when you are giving them your full attention and will appreciate you genuinely listening to them but will also allow you the opportunity to learn from what others tell you. Also, once the person has finished saying their piece you will be able to thoughtfully respond without misunderstanding them. This basic habit will make you wiser, better able to connect with others and ultimately a more grounded person.