My latest qualification through the British School of Yoga is titled Clinical Personal Fitness Trainer.  Other training companies may call it GP Referral.

This deals with various physical and mental health issues, conditions and disabilities.  Everyone can benefit from the positive feelings of exercise.  The qualification has given me the confidence that I am helping in the most positive, safe and effective way.

The NHS website is saying that stress related issues are accounting for 20% of all visits to the GP.  Symptoms can include a pounding heart or palpitations, anxiety, a dry mouth, headaches, odd aches and pains, along with a loss of appetite for food and sex.

It is important to look at your lifestyle.  Do you have a spare 30 minutes in your day?  Could you use this time to relax, practise some deep breathing techniques, read a book or go for a short walk in the fresh air?  It is anything that helps you unwind and takes your mind off whatever is causing your stress.

Deep breathing is a technique that most of us have forgotten.  To practise it is important to sit down, it can produce a dizzy feeling at first, which could lead to more worry.

Ensure your feet are flat on the floor and that you are sitting comfortably into the back of the chair.  If your feet do not reach, place a rolled up towel or cushion on the floor.

Relax your shoulders, place your hands gently on your thighs, and take a deep breath in through your nose.  Let your lungs expand, imagine the air flowing around your body, then slowly blow the air out through your mouth.

Close your eyes if you feel comfortable and make as much noise as you like.  You are alone, so this might make you giggle, which is a good thing.  Let your breathing come back to normal before you try again.

The more you practise this, the longer you will be able to hold the good air inside you.  You may want to count, have 5 minutes of silence or play 2 or 3 favourite quiet songs, it’s really up to you.

As always, if you are still experiencing any of these symptoms, please visit your GP.

Best wishes

Jane Ardley


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