Calm your mind in 5 minutes | Live well with blood cancer

Calm your mind in 5 minutes | Live well with blood cancer


So, we’re now going
to do a breathing space. A breathing space is
a little mindfulness exercise that you can do
anywhere, anytime. And you can do it
with your eyes open, you can be on the Tube, you can be on the bus, you
can be walking down the street, you can be at work, you can be having
a conversation with someone – you can be doing any activity. And you just take
that little time out, a little bit of a pause. And in a way, you’re just turning inwards,
so nobody else needs to know that you’re doing that. So, it can be very good
to just take stock, give ourselves a little
bit of a break, just tune in with ourselves,
help us to ground ourselves. It can also help us
to reconnect, actually. Not just with ourselves, but with what’s around us,
the other people around us. So, first of all, just taking in where you are,
what you’re doing, how you’re feeling. So, being aware
of any sensations in the body, any aches and
pains, any tension. What your energy level is like. If you’re feeling
tired or exhausted, or maybe you’re feeling
you’ve got quite a lot of energy in this moment. And noticing your mood, if there’s a particular
emotional state you’re in right now,
and how busy your mind is. And without getting into
the content of your thoughts, maybe you’ve got a sense
of the quality of your thoughts. Maybe they’re quite agitated, or maybe they’re
quite creative, maybe you’re feeling relatively calm. So, just a snapshot,
how you are right now. And then bringing your awareness
to your breathing. Breathing in, breathing out. And noticing your mood and noticing your reaction
to any sounds coming and going. Maybe feeling that contact with the chair,
with the floor, where your hands are resting. So, just taking a moment to feel
the sensations in your body, to tune in to your breathing. And if there’s anything
at all enjoyable or pleasurable – just in the sensations
of breathing in, breathing out – just letting
yourself take that in. Maybe just the fact you don’t have to be doing anything
right now can be pleasant. And then, broadening
your awareness, including the whole body again. Beginning to focus
a little bit more on sounds, maybe having a sense
of the room you’re in, if there are any other
people in the room, maybe a sense of them
and their presence. And then just ending this little
breathing space in a way that feels comfortable to you,
taking your own time.

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