RUN RINGS AROUND TEMPTATION
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Circular breathing is a simple way to relieve stress fast and you can do it anywhere, at any time. When you’re anxious, off centre or feel like you’ll explode, do a round of circular breathing – five to 10 breaths should do it. During days 6 to 12, aim to use this exercise five or more times a day, to help your body and mind form a strong, positive habit. What’s more, according to a recent study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, relaxation breathing after meals helps prevent glucose spikes.
1 Inhale and stretch your arms over your head. Exhale, sighing as you lower them. Relax and keep your arms lowered for the rest of the exercise.
2 Now imagine that you’re inhaling a stream of peaceful energy into a spot 10cm below your navel.
3 Continue inhaling, imagining the energy travelling to the base of your spine, then imagine it travelling up your back to the top of your head.
4 Exhale and mentally follow that breath back down the front of your body to the point below your navel where you’ll begin the next inhale. Your breath has now made a full circle – up the back of your body, down the front and back to the starting place below your navel.
5 Do five to 10 circular breaths. You can also use circle breaths for a longer period as a form of meditation.