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9:30 am Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Feb 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon | England | United Kingdom
Pre-school stay and play session with bouncy castle and ball pit. Buy tickets on the door – no booking required.   Dates Every Monday & Friday (except Bank Holidays). Price £3.70 per child or £5.70[...]
10:00 am Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield L... @ Burghfield Library
Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield L... @ Burghfield Library
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm
Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield Library @ Burghfield Library
Book and DVD sale  Monday 18 – Saturday 23 February at Burghfield Library, nothing more than £1. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/35189
10:00 am Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for ... @ Swindon MECA
Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for ... @ Swindon MECA
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for Halfterm @ Swindon MECA | England | United Kingdom
Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February 2019 10am – 4pm (Daily) UNLIMITED PLAY Bouncy Castles (up to 10yrs) Inflatable Obstacle Course (up to 10yrs) Toddler Soft Play (0-4yrs) 0-6 Months – Free Under 4’s –[...]
10:00 am Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library | England | United Kingdom
Monday Rhymetime at Thatcham Library Rhymetime for under 3’s at Thatcham Library. Every Monday in term time, 10.00-10.20am. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30286
10:00 am Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum
Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
For under 5s – come and join Music Mondays.  Join in with traditional songs and rhymes accompanied by live music. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Spaces are limited so please book in advance[...]
1:30 pm Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Lib... @ Theale Library
Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Lib... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Duplo Play Sessions For toddlers and preschoolers: Mondays, 1.30-3.00pm all year round Wednesdays. 10.45am-12.15pm half-term and holidays An informal session to have fun with Duplo. Younger siblings welcome – we have a few baby toys to[...]
1:45 pm Let’s Talk About the Old Days @ ... @ Theale Library
Let’s Talk About the Old Days @ ... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Let's Talk About the Old Days @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Let’s Talk About the Old Days Regular events for older people – Carers welcome. 3rd Monday each month, starts 19th November. Please call or email ahead if you wish to attend – For more information,[...]
2:00 pm Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library | Pangbourne | England | United Kingdom
Coffee and Craft Every Monday in term time, 2.00-4.00pm at Pangbourne Library. Drop in and bring any craft with you. For more information, please contact the library. http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30285 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/
2:15 pm Family History Sessions @ Theale... @ Theale Library
Family History Sessions @ Theale... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 2:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Family History Sessions @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Family History Sessions Every Monday, 2.20pm-4.45pm at Theale Library. Learn to use Ancestry.com for your personal research. No need to book, just drop in. For more information, please contact the library. http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30287 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook:[...]
4:00 pm VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and Frenc... @ Vici Academy
VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and Frenc... @ Vici Academy
Feb 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and French - Children Workshop! @ Vici Academy | England | United Kingdom
Learn to make French Crêpes (so practise new vocabulary), then we bake (to learn lots of action verbs), then we cook (just like French Chefs!) and of course, WE EAT (and play French shop!). The fun of the kitchen is also[...]

How to Breathe Your Way to Calm

Breathe slow – live smart. You are going to be breathing anyway so why not breathe in a way that enhances your life?

How Our Emotions Affect Our Breath and Brain

How we feel affects how we breathe and think.

If we feel calm our breathing is slow and low in our abdomen and all of our brain is available to us and we are open to receiving and processing a wide range of information.

If we are focussed and working, our breath is regular and centred within the chest area and the brain is focussing on the task at hand and filtering everything else out.

If we are anxious or stressed our breath is fast and shallow and high in the chest.  Much of our advanced human brain (where perspective, problem solving, mature processing, sense of self and values, and much informational memory) becomes disconnected and unavailable to us. The greater the distress, the less of the “human” brain we have available to us. Severe anxiety can leave us with only primitive brain and therefore very few options: fight, flight or freeze. Often not helpful in our modern day lives.

How Our Breath Affects Our Emotions and Brain

The above equation can be reversed: how we breathe affects how we feel and therefore think.

As soon as you start to experience anxiety you can deliberately slow your breathing pattern to create a feeling of calm. Your exhale is the most calming breath, so lengthening the outbreath into a long comfortable sigh is very soothing.

If you can control your breath you can control your emotions, calm yourself down, and as a result have the maximum use of your entire brain for problem solving and processing information. This is what you need to effectively deal with the challenges that have made you anxious in the first place.

When you can properly process information, your resulting behaviour is true to your beliefs and values rather than true to your current emotion. You don’t do or say anything that you wish you hadn’t with hindsight.

How to change your breathing

So how do you change your breathing pattern to create a feeling of calm?

You simply slow down your breathing – particularly your out breath.  By doing this you can breath your way back to a feeling of calm.

This is easily done by gently sighing out. Humming softly does the same job.  The aim is to double the length of the out breath in comparison to the in breath.

This slowing down of the breath can make us feel a bit woozy – not the desired outcome – so it is best to have 3 long out breaths and then allow the breath to normalise for a few breaths. Then another 3 long out sighs or hums. Repeat until you feel calm. Enjoy. Notice how you feel with each lovely long out breath. You may very quickly become aware of a softening of tense muscles (especially in the shoulder area), a general sense of release and calming, and the awareness that your initial emotion is no longer your boss. Result!

Once we learn that we can control our emotions by controlling our breath, our world can change so much for the better. Knowing that we can remain calm by keeping our breathing deep and slow means that we need never be afraid of ‘losing control’ or behaving in a way not congruent with who we know we are again.

 

Siobhan Nell Cognitive HypnotherapySiobhan Nell
Siobhan Nell Cognitive Hypnotherapy
07704 616900
info@hypnotherapy-cognitive.com

Siobhan offers a free 45 minute introductory relaxation session to new clients interested in her therapies.

 

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