FEEL­ING STRESSED?

Walk it off

Prima (UK) - - Your Wellbeing -

When end­less to-do lists are mak­ing you stressed, take your­self out­side for a mind­ful stroll. Con­cen­trat­ing on your breath­ing as you walk pre­vents you from re­run­ning the same prob­lems in your head.

Start by in­hal­ing for four steps, then ex­hal­ing for four steps. Re­peat this for a cou­ple of min­utes.

Now work up, in­hal­ing for five steps and ex­hal­ing to a sooth­ing six to eight. Your to-do list shouldn’t in­trude as you count steps – the brain isn’t good at do­ing two things at once. If stress­ful thoughts pop up and you mis­count, start again. Carry on for 10 mins. THE RE­SULT? A clear head, a break from stress and a new mood. How easy was that?

‘Deep breath­ing helps re­lax mus­cles and re­duce anx­i­ety’

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