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Relaxation at home

I have found that there are more than a dozen relaxation at home tips advertised all over the internet, from taking long walks, to drinking herbal tea, but as a busy mother, time has always been of the essence. “Me time” can sometimes feel near enough the impossible for the majority of mummy’s out there!!

Relaxation at home ey?…..where do I find the time??, with a million and one things to tick off my daily chore list, wash, change and feed baby, schedule in appointments, feed & wash myself whilst baby naps, its a never ending cycle until daddy gets home from work ๐Ÿ™‚

Now please dont get me wrong, I adore motherhood and wouldnt have it, or my little prince any other way!, but becoming a new mum has really opened my eyes to how important a little bit of “me time” really is to both myself and baby, and I found Emily Leary’s (A mummy too) mindful breathing blog and video an amazing help to achieving this.

This read proved to me that even with a busy schedule, setting aside just five minutes of my time (during baby’s nap), to practice mindful breathing, reduced stress levels and increased my state of calmness considerably. Now if your mind in constantly on the go, it may take you a few tries but trust me, it is more than worth it.

What is Mindful Breathing?

The purpose of this exercise is to simply notice, accept ย and be aware of your breathing.

Here are 5 quick and easy steps to mindful breathing success:

1. Choose a comfortable area in your home (you could either lie or sit). In the first stage, close your eyes and count down from 10 and stay focused on your breathing. After the out breath, count 9, then you breath in and out and count 8 and so on down to 1.

2. Bring your attention to the present moment by noticing how you are feeling physically. Scan your body from head to toe and let any tension slip away by using the inhale and exhale motion. Also take a moment to notice your environment around you.

3. After this stage, pay attention to the sensation of your breath going in /out of your nostrils or mouth, the rise and fall of your chest and the rise and fall of your stomach.

4. Your mind will wander naturally, but it will be your job to recognise when this happens, and bring your focus back to your breathing every time (without judging yourself).

5. Try to practice this exercise for 5 minutes or longer (depending on your schedule) at least twice a week. After all practice makes perfect and the more mindful breathing is done, the more easier you will find it to remain in the here and now and achieve peace and clarity ๐Ÿ™‚

So there you have it, 5 easy steps to the mindful breathing exercise and if i can do it, I am sure you Yummy Mummy’s can. Enjoy!

More tips coming on www.yourtopia-relaxation.com

 

 

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