Some days are so hectic and stressful, emergency measures are called for. These three relaxation methods from Pamela Allardice need no special equipment – just five minutes and a floor.
- Lie on the floor. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing – in through the nose, out through the mouth. Notice how your belly rises and falls. Visualise tension leaving your belly with each out-breath.
- Shift your attention to your feet: imagine they are so heavy you can’t move them. Take 10 breaths. Move your focus up your body, visualising your legs, back, chest, arms and head all becoming relaxed. Take 10 breaths as you arrive at each body part and visualise the tension flowing away with each out-breath.
- This exercise can alter your sense of time - you may feel as though half an hour has passed, while it’s only been five minutes. Stand up when you feel ready.