Still Time | For Beginners, Sleep, Relaxation and Anxiety
In this article, I will first explain benefits of deep breathing, provide some steps to start and five examples of breathing techniques
Many of us think that because, for many reasons, feel we can’t cope with guided meditation. Have you heard of Still Time?
You may repulse the thought of listening to someone talking about listening to the rain drops or following a rainbow and unfortunately dismiss it out of hand.
Have a go at Still time as it is the next best thing.
It is also quite simple to do and implement. You don’t need to spend ages searching for a decent meditation.
What it is and how you do it:
All it is you set aside some time around 5 – 10 minutes to sit still, quietly with no distractions.
- No telephones
- No social media
- No kids
- No nibbling on a sandwich
You take time out just for you.
It does not matter if your thoughts are racing and overwhelming.
What can help with that is having a notebook beside you for you to write down any thoughts that come to mind during this process.
So, if I thought comes up just make a mental note that you will write it down when you finish.
That’s all it is.
It’s mainly about taking time out to allow yourself space and time for you. As we are so busy with life, with our thoughts, we do not generally, allow ourselves that time.
Like with everything else it is about trying to do this for a few minutes daily so you can develop more of a habit and a routine.
Give it a try, you never know what you might learn about yourself!
If you want to learn more about it, just follow these links on the Reach Approach website.
What still time is, is taking time out of your day to be still, to have some quite time with no distractions. This can be as long as you want but you will get benefit if you just start with 10 – 15 minutes a day.
To make this process even better you can try any of the following:
- some relaxing deep breathing. I have a blog on different types of deep breathing here.
- You could just ask yourself a question before you start “what do I need to know?”.
- Have a journal handy for when you finish to write down anything that comes up for you during still time.
- You could repeat in your mind an uplifting and encouraging statement that makes you feel good. This could be an affirmation or even just a word i.e. “Calm”, “Peace”, “I can be strong”.
- The most important thing about this is to try and ensure you set up a routine with it so you are able to do it regularly with ease.
- Maybe for you, first thing in the morning is better before you get out of bed. Or you may prefer to do it just before you get to bed to help you sleep.
- I find it helps to set a timer on my phone for however long I normally do it. Just make sure that your alarm isn’t loud and ruckus!
Whatever you decide to do, try and stick to it. If it doesn’t work for you change it.
If you miss a day or two, that’s OK, just carry on.
I am a Therapist based in Sutton Coldfield, UK also available online.
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