Having trouble falling asleep at night? Most people do, especially with the added stress of the Holidays. Now that the Holidays are winding down you should do the same. Here are a few breathing exercises to help you sleep.
Each step of this exercise can be done while lying in bed. The steps are as follows:
- Close your eyes and take three deep, relaxing breaths. Focus on inhaling clean air and exhaling stale air.
- Continuing to breathe deeply, spend a few moments focusing your attention on your toes. You will have fully focused your attention on this part of your body when you can mentally visualize the position of each toe. This, in itself, can be quite relaxing as attention shifts from the mind to the body.
- Breathe fresh air into the toes, fingertips, scalp and every other part of the body. Exhale stale air from all of those locations, feeling warm and cleansed.
If attention wanders, go back to the second step, re-focusing on the toes before beginning the process again. If necessary, keep your attention on the toes, skipping the third step of the exercise entirely. Different strategies will be more helpful for different people. It may take some time to find a strategy that works best for you.
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