Health Alerts - Choose Wisely
Here on this Page you will find some Practical Tips
for releasing Negative Thoughts and Emotions
When we are tense, depressed or stressed our breathing becomes shallow especially if we are fearful or anxious. The best ways we can change this is to learn a simple practice of deep breathing and also learning to change our focus on something we like: a pleasant memory, for a few minutes. The time may vary from person to person or the situation. It could vary on certain days also. Try it and see what's right for you.
Did you know that quite often we can forget something we're thinking about when we walk into another room? This can be used in the positive sense sometimes to shift a train of thought that is bothering us. When we stay stationary, unpleasant and negative thoughts stay stationary too. Have you ever noticed this when sitting down or laying down? That certain thoughts seem to stick like glue, so to speak. When we have something to do in another room, it helps to distract us from what we have been thinking, even if it just to go and do the dishes, rearrange a few things, whatever.
Sometimes, just the act of getting up is enough to shift a thought. Other times, we may need to change the indoor environment by stepping outside and taking in the nice fresh air or sunshine. That's why walking is often recommended because engaging ourselves in movement and a change of scenery is added to the benefit of going outside. Exercise is often recommended too because you are thinking of what you are doing – especially when the exercises require thought. You can also try a little deep breathing with a few stretches.
When you're tense, try the following:
The yawn-sigh: Drop your jaw and relax the jaw muscles. You may need to gently massage, with the tips of your fingers, the jaw hinge area in front of your ears. I call this the "village idiot pose." Keep the jaw dropped and just let it hang. Now, starting at the upper part of your vocal pitch range, on an "ah" vowel, do a slide downward to lower pitches on that "ah" while the jaw hangs in that loose pose. No tension should be present. Repeat this about five times. By the way, this is also useful for warming up the vocal folds before performing. Stephanie Ciccarelli
Have a look at this Fun Interview that will give you a good reason to yawn more often. This is sure to make you Yawn and Laugh!!! You can Tweet them and Tell them if you yawned while watching this video. Tweet us @BTtoronto!
Singing Lessons: How A Yawn Space Can Help Your Singing - Good for Stress too!!!
You may like to take Singing Lessons after you see this, she's delightful.Read more details about this exercise on her Blog or visit her blog. More Free Singing Tools at www.RejoiceInYourVoice.com Creating a yawning space while singing has........
When you smile, you release endorphins. You can "trick your brain" into thinking you're happy and relaxed by smiling, physically spreading the lips wide--very wide--into a grin. Do this in your car after you park it outside the studio, work or do it where no one can see you. Spread your lips wide and do this about ten times. You will feel a mood change! Try it! Stephanie Ciccarelli
Psychoanalyst and family therapist Jane Bolton, suggests people regularly practice deep yawning to help teach the brain to enter a state of deep relaxation.
When it comes to perfecting the yawning technique, well, open wide and take a very deep breath. Sigh as you exhale and keep going.
Neuroscientist and Researcher Andrew Newburg encourages us to yawn as many times a day as possible especially before a stressful activity or event.
And if you can’t seem to muster a yawn, fake it. After five or six tries your body will trigger a real one and you’ll start to feel better.
Another Expert Says: Conscious Breathing and Awareness can be habit forming.
You could actually begin to feel good and experience side effects of joy, peace, comfort, increased energy and aliveness.
Try This: Lay down and relax completely. Allow your whole body to feel loose and soft.
Notice how the breath feels as it enters and leaves you. Is it smooth or does it stumble along its path? Is the stumbling related to discomfort held anywhere in your body? Can you soften and relax that area? Continue to breathe fully and deeply, allowing the tummy to expand and softly contract as the breaths finds their way in and out.
He says that this type of breathing helps you combat stress and regain your composure. It helps you to be calm. It nurtures and feeds the tissues and cells of the physical body as well. Make this a fun and easy thing. Don't breathe so slow that you strain. Make it a pleasurable experience.
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