Mindfulness: breathe and release tension to sleep peacefully

Mindfulness: breathe and release tension to sleep peacefully

After a long day, stop and focus on the present. Mindfulness is a practice for everyone. Learn here how to create a moment of joy and happiness you won’t regret!

Mindfulness became a very popular practice due to its benefits for the mind and body. This practice is about the energy of recognizing happiness in our lives. When you breathe in, and you are aware of your in-breath, you feel the moment. This is a calmer state of mind that will help you fall asleep easier.

5 steps to have a mindful night

Mindfulness before going to bed

As our minds are constantly bombarded with information, internal thoughts, worries, and feelings, sometimes it is difficult to concentrate. Here we share some things you can do to bring this practice into your nights

1) Switch off all devices

Switch off your phone and electronic devices. It is a fact that the blue light they emit can affect your body’s production of melatonin, which is a hormone that helps you fall asleep

2) Exercise 1: Mindful Breathing

Breathe in and breathe out. This is a very easy exercise. It is simply to identify your in-breath and out-breath and focus your attention on them.

3) Exercise 2: Concentration

Concentrate and follow your in-breath from the beginning to the end. If your in-breath lasts three or four seconds, then your mindfulness also lasts three or four seconds. Then breathe out. Be aware of what you are doing. Try to avoid distractions and your breathing will naturally become deeper and more peaceful.

4) Exercise 3: Awareness of Your Body

While concentrated on breathing, be aware of your body; where you are and what position you are in. This brings the mind wholly back to the body. 

5) Exercise 4: Releasing Tension

Finally, when you are aware of your body,  you can notice the tension and pain in your body. Start relaxing your arms, your legs, and then you will feel your whole body in peace. There is no suffering or stress, just your mind, and body connection.   

Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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