Breathing In and Breathing Out

Before you begin this experiment, think about how you usually feel when you are worried or upset – how do you feel in your body and mind?

Have a think about how you WANT to feel in your body and mind.

Sit yourself down somewhere quiet if you can, taking a few moments and try saying these words to yourself, in your head as you breathe:

Breathing in, I breathe in calm …

Breathing out, I breathe out worries …

Breathing in, I breathe in relaxation …

Breathing out, I breathe out stress …

 

Try writing and using your OWN special words if this helps you, for example:

  • Breathing in, I breathe in _________________________________________
  • Breathing out, I breathe out _______________________________________
  • Breathing in, I breathe in _________________________________________
  • Breathing out, I breathe out _______________________________________

You can use so many words, they are your words that are right for you so they won’t be wrong, trust you know the right words to help you…

Here are some examples to help you get the feel of all the possibilities …

Sadness, loneliness, bullying, greyness … Sunshine, happiness, smile, yellow, hugs … 

Share what you have written with someone you trust if you’d like to.

 

(Thanks to Natasha Brittan, Mindfulness Coach, for this exercise – toshbrittan.com)