Every day enjoying opportunities for sensory experiences in the outdoors can help empower us with calm feelings strengthened even more alongside diaphragm breathing.
Breathing in gently from the diaphragm and feeling your belly rise and fall with each breath is a simple and effective way to both get in touch with your body and mind and take control of your stress levels. You’re probably thinking that’s too simple to be true! Well give it a go.
When my head is uncluttered and I feel relaxed during my daily dog walks I often catch sight of Mr Fox and lots of other interesting things outdoors. I thought I’d paint him and share him with you here.
The reason I’m writing this post is to share a couple of experiences of how I enjoy calm feelings and get relaxed. Clients tell me regularly that by learning to take control of their anxiety from our first online session together starts to quickly change their approach to life for the better.
Another quick and easy way to stay calm in the moment:
Every morning when I awaken, one of the first things I do is to open the window and listen to the sounds of silence. Then I tune into birdsong which is always there. The ever present music of nature.
If I should hear unwanted noises, for example, the distant sound of cars, I use an imaginary switch in my head to turn them off and then shift my focus once again to the music of nature.
For me, tuning into my full sensory experience of the outdoors feels good. I look out at the colours of trees, and breathe in the fresh air and the comforting smells. I can feel the chilly air on my skin as surprisingly refreshing. If you don't have access to nature right outside your window then take a deep breath in, close your eyes, and imagine it's there.
Take pleasure every day from all of your sensory modalities and the abundance of nature.
You may be surprised at how good this feels!
Emma at Wright4relaxation