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Friday, 14 August 2015

My favourite breathing exercise to help me sleep.

Right now I'm having trouble sleeping and rather than reach for the sleeping pills I'm going to try one of my old favourite breathing techniques. I'll share this here just in case someone happens to read who hasn't tried this before.

It's really simple. Clear your mind and as you breathe in, think "breathe in". As you breathe out, think "breathe out". Your mind will throw lots of different thoughts in there, which is fine, but when you notice this happening just revert back to the breathe in, breathe out. You should be focussed on these words and your breathing only.

Sometimes it takes minutes, sometimes it takes a bit longer. I would imagine tonight, my first time trying this in a while, that it will take me a bit longer to be able to clear my mind and drift off to sleep but I am going to give it a try.

This technique was recommended to me by a doctor last year and I found it to be successful, as did one of my friends I shared it with. If you have tried other techniques that have helped you, I'd love to hear about them.

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