Have you ever just wanted to take a break from the day and get rid of all the stress and anxiety that has built up?

Belfast hypnotherapist Warren York says it’s easier than you think.

INBV-WomanRelaxing ShutterstockHere are his top tips for taking a five minute holiday:

1. Space
Find a nice quiet spot where you won’t be interrupted for 5 minutes.

2. Where
Make yourself comfortable on a bed or a chair.

3. Breathe
Take a long deep breath and hold for a second.

4. Relax
Exhale and close your eyes.

5. Release
Imaging breathing in relaxation through your nose and breathing out any tension or stress through your toes.

6. Let Go
From the top of your head down, imagine every muscle relaxing and letting go.

7. Descend
For a deep experience imagine slowly walking down 10 stairs one by one with deep breaths as you take each step.

8. Experience
When you reach the bottom, imagine a doorway ahead leading to a wonderful place of relaxation and go through the door. It could be a favourite holiday spot or somewhere from your imagination. Notice colours, sounds, smells, temperature making the experience as real as possible.

9. Be Positive
Enjoy the positive feeings associated with that place knowing you can visit whenever you have a few minutes to yourself.

10. Return
When you’re ready, count from 1 to 10 all the way back, opening your eyes, feeling refreshed and relaxed ready to enjoy the rest of your day.

When you’re finished Warren says: “If you fall asleep during the experience you will waken normally feeling refreshed. If there is an emergency or anything that requires your attention you will become fully alert”.

For more information log onto www.warrenyorkhypnotherapy.com

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