When I first started counselling, I had feedback from a couple of clients that they would like me to guide them through a breathing exercise.  I had a look on line, thinking I could signpost them to some useful resources.

Whilst there are great videos and guides out there, I noticed they all seemed to be about finding a quiet space, sitting or lying down as they guide us through.

I need a moment…

It occurred to me that most of us struggle to find that space when we are really “needing a moment” or “grounding”.

Lots of people have kids running around causing chaos, are in a stressful meeting, at our desks at work, in the middle of an argument and so on.

I also like to focus on my breathing when I’m outside taking a walk down the Green Line in particular.  I may be walking or standing still, noticing the trees and plants as I do this exercise.

To fill the gap, I’ve prepared a video, it’s just 6 minutes long, to guide you through.

3 things as you prepare:

  1. Turn the corners of your mouth upwards*
  2. Notice your feet on the floor; you may also want to put your hands on your stomach
  3. Focus on breathing OUT as well as in; anxiety is caused by an imbalance between breathing in and out, and usually we aren’t emptying our lungs before we try taking another breath
Michelle guides through through a breathing exercise … for the real world

I hope you find it useful.

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* seems odd?  See this link in Psychology Today to find out more. https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201206/there-s-magic-in-your-smile

Michelle guides you through a breathing exercise … for the real world