The 30-second relaxation trick that could change your life
Journalist Sharon Parsons explains how a simple exercise helps her to find deep relaxation
Intentional Resting is a relaxation method developed by a man called Dan Howard, who believes we’ve ‘forgotten’ how to rest. The idea is that by focusing on a part of your body – your shoulders for instance – and saying to yourself, ‘I’m resting for my shoulders now...’ you can find a pocket of deep rest in a stressful day, whether you’re at home, stuck in traffic or in a shop queue.
I was really sceptical when I first tried it a couple of years ago, but after I’d practised for a few weeks – lying on my bed for 20 minutes or so – I found to my amazement that it really worked. Now, within 30 seconds of concentrating on a part of my body, I feel genuinely rested and relaxed.
Clinical psychologist Dr Saliha Afridi says, “This method makes a lot of sense. When we tell one part of our body to stop and rest, we are intentionally allowing it to surrender its duties for that moment, and mindfully caring for that part of the body. I’d take this a step further and visualise sending ‘love’ and ‘light’ to the body part you’re resting. It will energise the whole being.”
For more info see www. intentionalresting.com.