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BREATHE

Here's a simple breathing exercise that can help calm the nervous system:

1. Find a comfortable seated position or lie down, whichever feels best for you.

2. Close your eyes and take a moment to settle into your body.

3. Begin by taking a deep breath in through your nose, allowing your belly to expand fully.

4. Hold your breath for a brief moment and then exhale slowly through your mouth, releasing any tension or stress.

5. As you continue breathing, focus on lengthening your exhales. Take a slow, deep breath in through your nose, counting to four.

6. Pause briefly and then exhale through your mouth, counting to six. Allow the breath to leave your body completely.

7. Repeat this pattern of inhaling for a count of four and exhaling for a count of six for several rounds.

8. As you breathe, imagine inhaling calmness and relaxation and exhaling any tension or anxiety.

9. Pay attention to the sensation of your breath as it enters and leaves your body, grounding yourself in the present moment.

10. Continue this rhythmic breathing for a few minutes or until you feel a sense of calm and relaxation washing over you.

 

Remember, this breathing exercise is a tool you can use whenever you need to calm your nervous system. Feel free to adjust the breath counts to a pace that feels comfortable for you. Practice regularly to cultivate a sense of inner peace and balance.

Cracked Ground

Grounding

A Quick Guide to Finding Inner Peace and Balance

1. Find a quiet space: Start by finding a quiet and comfortable space where you can relax and focus on yourself. This could be a cosy corner in your home, a park or any place where you feel at peace.

2. Deep breathing: Take a few deep breaths to center yourself. Inhale slowly through your nose, allowing your belly to expand and lungs to fill. Exhale through your mouth, releasing any tension or stress, relaxing your shoulders, each time. Repeat this several times, focusing on your breath and letting go of any distractions.

3. Connect with nature: Spend time outdoors and connect with nature. Take a walk in a park, sit by a river or simply spend time in your garden. Pay attention to the sights, sounds and smells around you. This can help you feel more grounded and connected to the present moment.

4. Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present in the moment without judgment. Engage in activities that promote mindfulness, such as meditation, yoga or journaling. These practices can help you cultivate a sense of inner calm and awareness.

5. Grounding exercises: Engage in grounding exercises to connect with your body and the present moment. One simple exercise is to stand barefoot on the ground, whether it's grass, sand or soil. Feel the earth beneath your feet and imagine roots growing from the soles of your feet, grounding you to the earth's energy. 

6. Self-care routine: Establish a self-care routine that nourishes your mind, body and soul. This could include activities like taking a warm bath, practicing self-reflection, reading a book or engaging in a hobby you enjoy. Prioritise self-care to maintain a sense of balance and grounding in your life.

7. Surround yourself with supportive people: Surround yourself with positive and supportive individuals who uplift and inspire you. Building strong relationships can provide a sense of belonging and support, which contributes to your overall grounding.

Remember, becoming grounded is a continuous practice. It's about finding what works best for you and incorporating these practices into your daily life. Stay consistent and patient with yourself as you cultivate a sense of grounding and inner peace.

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