Anxiety is a normal healthy reaction which happens to everyone at times of danger or in worrying situations and will then often improve your performance enabling you to react faster. Sadly anxiety can become a problem when it interferes with your performance or everyday lives. This is when it is necessary to learn how to control or manage it. You are invited to listen to this sound recording of a ‘Progressive Muscular Relaxation’ session which is about 14 minutes in length. It will explain the importance of relaxation and take you through a short session. With regular practice one can learn to calm oneself down and take back control.
Here is a 5 minute recorded ‘Mindful Attention Session’ from our Self Compassion workshop information. You can use this to focus your mind on the regularity of your breath and calm yourself by giving yourself time for self-compassionate thoughts. This technique is very helpful in applying to everyday life as you deal with challenges. Practice makes perfect, so having done the session a number of times using the recording, you should be able to apply the same methodology to future situations using your own words and without needing the recording.
This 16 minute ‘soothing rhythm breathing’ exercise follows on from the ‘Mindful Attention session’. Having focussed your mind on your breath, you can develop this further by establishing a calm, soothing breathing pattern, and continue to practise and build on your self-compassion skills.
Listen here to Deborah Lee who shares her top tips for Self Compassion specially recorded for Recovery in Mind students.