3 Calming tools
Below are 3 practical tools that can provide a sense of calm.
Give them a try and let us know what you think.
Soothing butterfly hug
Alternate nostril breathing
Constructive rest position
The soothing butterfly hug comes from the theory of using bilateral stimulation to calm the nervous system. Cross your arms and place your hands on your chest, touching or interlocking thumbs or not. Tap one hand on your chest and then the other repeating slowly for a few breaths. (see image)
Alternate nostril breathing is an easy way to slow the breath and provide a sense of calm. Plugging one nostril, inhale through the other then plug that nostril and exhale out the other. (see image)
The constructive rest position is designed to release to psoas muscle and relax your body. Lay on your back with heels on the ground. Feet and knees should be about shoulder width apart. Let your shoulders drop and rest your arms on your belly or the floor. Enjoy this for about 10 minutes. (see image)
Look for additional tools and self-care tips on www.dbhnow.org/wellness
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