Super Easy Breathing Exercise to Help Stress, Anxiety and Sleep

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I wrote this post a while ago, long before Coronavirus kicked in, but it’s been sitting in my drafts until now, when suddenly it seemed more relevant than ever to post it.

More than a few friends recently have talked about their stress and anxiety, with levels ranging from I can’t get dressed in the morning without crying, to I feel so overwhelmed at work I can’t sleep properly at night.

So I thought I’d write a few words about a very simple breathing exercise that’s not only helped me drift off more peacefully at night, but has been scientifically proven to help increase relaxation and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.

How does it work? Deep, slow and controlled breathing has been shown to activate the body’s relaxation response, leading to changes in the autonomic, parasympathetic and central nervous system.  

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Relax.

Nearly every beauty editor under the sun raves about this product and celebrities always tell us it’s their favourite item to travel with. Experts always hail it as their hero product too. And this week it’s been my mind, body and soul saviour. It sorted out an over-worked mushy mind on Monday night and revived a flagging spirit on Wednesday. Of course, it’s the ever-classic Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil.

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As you can see this is the Christmas version (out later in the year) as the box is usually blue. The full size is a bit pricey but this smaller version is cheaper – I recommend getting it and keeping it for emergency, luxury moments. The essential oils seep into your senses and then linger on your skin until the morning. Pure. Bliss. (Thanks Imagination PR for sending it just in time for a hectic week!)