Here on this Page you will find some Practical Tips
for releasing Negative Thoughts and Emotions
When we are tense, depressed or
stressed our breathing becomes shallow especially if we are fearful
or anxious. The best ways we can change this is to learn a simple
practice of deep breathing and also learning to change our focus on
something we like: a pleasant memory, for a few minutes. The time may
vary from person to person or the situation. It could vary on certain days also. Try it and see what's right for you.
Did you know that quite often
we can forget something we're thinking about when we walk into
another room? This can be used in the positive sense sometimes to
shift a train of thought that is bothering us. When we stay
stationary, unpleasant and negative thoughts stay stationary too.
Have you ever noticed this when sitting down or laying down? That
certain thoughts seem to stick like glue, so to speak. When we have
something to do in another room, it helps to distract us from what we
have been thinking, even if it just to go and do the dishes,
rearrange a few things, whatever.
Sometimes, just the act of
getting up is enough to shift a thought. Other times, we may need to
change the indoor environment by stepping outside and taking in the
nice fresh air or sunshine. That's why walking is often recommended
because engaging ourselves in movement and a change of scenery is
added to the benefit of going outside. Exercise is often recommended
too because you are thinking of what you are doing – especially
when the exercises require thought. You can also try a little deep
breathing with a few stretches.
you're tense, try the following:
The yawn-sigh: Drop your jaw and relax the jaw muscles. You may
need to gently massage, with the tips of your fingers, the jaw hinge
area in front of your ears. I call this the "village idiot
pose." Keep the jaw dropped and just let it hang. Now, starting
at the upper part of your vocal pitch range, on an "ah"
vowel, do a slide downward to lower pitches on that "ah"
while the jaw hangs in that loose pose. No tension should be present.
Repeat this about five times. By the way, this is also useful for
warming up the vocal folds before performing. Stephanie Ciccarelli
you smile, you release endorphins. You can "trick your brain"
into thinking you're happy and relaxed by smiling, physically spreading
the lips wide--very wide--into a grin. Do this in your car after you
park it outside the studio, work or do it where no one can see you. Spread
your lips wide and do this about ten times. You will feel a mood
change! Try it! Stephanie Ciccarelli
and family therapist Jane Bolton, suggests people regularly practice
deep yawning to help teach the brain to enter a state of deep
it comes to perfecting the yawning technique, well, open wide and
take a very deep breath. Sigh as you exhale and keep going.
Neuroscientist and Researcher Andrew Newburg encourages us to yawn as many times a day as possible especially before a stressful
activity or event.
And if you can’t seem to muster a yawn, fake it. After five or
six tries your body will trigger a real one and you’ll start to
Another Expert Says: Conscious Breathing and Awareness can be habit forming.
You could actually begin to feel good and experience side effects of
joy, peace, comfort, increased energy and aliveness.
a very direct way, another level of conscious breathing makes it
possible to normalize and regulate a number of chemical and
biological factors related to health. The number of medical symptoms
that can actually be improved are many.
Try This: Lay down and relax completely. Allow your whole body to feel
loose and soft.
Notice how the breath feels as it enters and leaves
you. Is it smooth or does it stumble along its path? Is the stumbling
related to discomfort held anywhere in your body? Can you soften and
relax that area? Continue to breathe fully and deeply, allowing the
tummy to expand and softly contract as the breaths finds their way in
He says that this type of breathing helps you combat stress and regain your
composure. It helps you to be calm. It nurtures and feeds the tissues
and cells of the physical body as well. Make this a fun and easy
thing. Don't breathe so slow that you strain. Make it a pleasurable
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