So … how is it going? This time of year is generally seen as a time of celebration, a time for family and friends, of eating, drinking and…. perhaps over-indulgence and extravagance. It can be a time of fun … of laughter …. but it can also be stressful as there is always so much to do … so much to prepare … to buy ….to think about.

So do yourself a favour … take a moment …. just to breathe … stop right now … and breathe!

Research proves (see this Forbes article) that 5 deep breaths from the stomach can help diffuse most stressful situations. When we are stressed our breathing tends to become shallow and frequent. By controlling our breath and breathing more deeply from our stomach we automatically become more relaxed. Try the ‘soft belly technique’ (Dr James Gordon demonstrates this technique on

Put your hands on your stomach. Close your eyes and inhale, say the word ‘soft’, and feel your belly expand and then exhale let your belly move back towards your spine and say the word ‘belly’. Do this at least 5 times.

This technique acts as an excellent ‘pattern interrupt’ technique when you are feeling stressed or anxious.

With our very best wishes for the Season from Gateway Hypnosis.