How simple breathing techniques and meaningful connections can support your wellbeing, with Bath Mind.
2020 was not the year any of us planned. The pandemic has highlighted the importance of looking after our mental health and wellbeing. We have an increased awareness, a growing empathy and understanding. Now is our opportunity to make the greatest changes, to build a brighter future.
Underpinning many of the issues we are all experiencing, is a feeling of disconnection. Loneliness and isolation is affecting us all, in different ways; some of us may not be physically alone, but a lack of connection and emotional support can also make being with people a very lonely place to be.
Meaningful connection with others is important to our mental health and wellbeing. Attending a group meeting or making one phone call, may seem pointless to some, but finding a way to engage with others who share a mutual interest or need can be the first step to making meaningful connections with others.
Wellbeing starts with looking after ourselves, taking time to think about how we are feeling. We can better connect with ourselves and build resilience by reducing stress and anxiety, taking time out for relaxation.
This gentle breathing technique takes just a few minutes and can be done standing up, sitting or lying down.
1. Find a quiet place and make yourself comfortable.
2. Let your breath flow, as deep down into your belly as is comfortable, without forcing it.
3. Try breathing in through your nose, out through your mouth.
4. Breathe gently and regularly. Try to count from 1 to 5 as you breathe in. You may not reach 5 at first.
5. After breathing in, without pausing or holding your breath, let your breath flow out gently - counting from 1 to 5 as you exhale.
Try to focus on your breath - if thoughts come into your mind, just acknowledge them and let them go, try not to dwell on them. Allow your mind to relax. Practise this for about 3-5 minutes. Try to make it part of your daily self-care routine.
To help make relaxation time part of your daily routine, Bath Mind’s partner, The Soul Spa, offers low cost guided meditation and relaxation sessions. Head to www.thesoulspa.co.uk for a free trial session.
Businesses can also support the wellbeing of their staff through Bath Mind’s Wellbeing in the Workplace bespoke training sessions. Contact Hannah Roper to find out more -
For further information, additional support and wellbeing activities, visit Bath Mind’s website www.bathmind.org.uk.