To relieve stress
For a quick relief from feelings of stress, a mindfulness meditation might come in handy. The goal is to shift from the thoughts inside your head to the environment that surrounds you. Simple Habit, which features five-, 10- and 20-minute guided medtations for different life situations to help you quickly lower stress. Meditation Studio, another app, offers different teachings and styles of guided meditations. If listening to music is more your thing, try putting on a piece, and simply take a few moments to relax, ground yourself, and breathe. That can be a mindfulness practice in itself.
To wind down
Do you find it impossible to unwind after a long day? Try these tension-releasing techniques on for size. Body scan meditation encourages relaxation by tuning into sensations in the body. Position yourself comfortably – you could lie down if you wish – and take deep breaths. Simply feel your body from the bottom to the top. When coming across tension, visualise it leaving your body through your breathing. Progressive muscle relaxation is a similar method to decrease body tension, but it requires you to tense, then release, the muscles in the body, starting with the face, and working your way down towards your feet. You can do this while sitting, or lying down.
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