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Sue Harmsworth: Mindfulness and How to Achieve Inner Calm

Inner calm and mindfulness are particularly current subjects. With increasingly busy lifestyles – professional, personal or emotional stresses affect us greatly. 24-hour connectivity to technology too, adds to our inability to switch-off and be at peace.

Breathing and visualisation techniques help us operate more effectively and find focus, bringing awareness to the present moment, to really help bring about a sense of inner calm.

As silly as it sounds, effective breathing helps prioritise what’s important and not just what’s urgent. Helping to manage changes in mood, levels of happiness as well as the whole wellbeing over time – breathing properly can make a huge difference.

When we’re anxious our breath becomes quicker, shallower, and we don’t take enough oxygen into our upper bodies, making us more and more tense and anxious. Breathing right down into the stomach, in through the nose and out through the mouth, letting lungs empty fully will calm the mind, slow your heart rate and make you feel a whole lot better.

I find that less is always more. Learning to build your own positivity and changing your outlook too, will make it easier for you to deflect anger or negativity and find those silver linings.

However, inner calm can also be achieved through gratitude – and having more of it. Being grateful for what you have, not focussing on the things you don’t, and being happy with who you are, the relationships you have and the moment you’re in will really help you feel more content, satisfied and happy with life.

I find that less is always more. Learning to build your own positivity and changing your outlook too, will make it easier for you to deflect anger or negativity and find those silver linings.

Never forget the importance of using aromatherapy oils extensively though – whether that’s a pick-me-up to get me through a full day of meetings or travel, or when I’m tired and need something to soothe me to a restful night’s sleep – the benefits of aromatherapy on the Olfactory System (or sense of smell) on the body and mind are tremendous.

Breathe them in, add to pulse points or bathe in them – there’s an aromatherapy oil appropriate for whatever you need. And you can keep them everywhere to use in your day-to-day life – in the car, in your handbag, burn them, put in the washing machine, in your desk drawer, the list goes on.

Learning what each oil does for you will help you get through each day as stress free as possible.

What you put into your body can also contribute to your overall sense of inner calm. Eating raw foods after 4pm for instance, can disrupt sleep, as the body can’t digest it as effectively.

Too many stimulants, such as sugar, caffeine and alcohol, will also effective sleeping patterns – so reduce these or cut them out where you can.

For effective breath work, follow our breathing ritual.

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