THE SLOW LOVE MOVEMENT

FIRST AID

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Guided breath practice can be a really resourceful way to calm your mind & body.

These practices are designed to help you get in touch with your own breath & body. You may find they are too fast, or too slow. Perhaps you have a natural exhalation that is longer than your inhale. Maybe you find you inhale for longer than you exhale. Or you might be someone who has even breath in and then out.

Use these recordings as a starting point to find the best rhythm for YOUR body. You can always count your own breaths. You can make the inhale/exhale longer or shorter. Perhaps you will increase the count over your 5 minute breath practice as your body slows down. Let your body guide you.

There are 3 different tracks here to allow you to find the right rhythm for you. I suggest finding a breath that is comfortable for you however you are feeling in that moment. That is, don't try or force yourself to breathe a lot slower than you already are. Don't try or force yourself to pick up where you left off last time. Your body will be different every time. You can, of course, also count your own breaths at a pace that you enjoy. You may find it comfortable to slow it down over the course of your practice.

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Being well hydrated is critical for brain function and for regulating emotional state.

In fact, cognitive function and response times for dehydrated drivers has been shown in studies to be similar to performance while at the legal limit for blood alcohol content! Dehydration increases your sensitivity to physical and emotional pain, and negatively impacts memory.

I have included drinking in this First Aid Guide, because it is such a simple action to take. When you feel like your resilience is low, or your mood is getting the better of you, a glass of water or two can very quickly redress that balance.

A bottle is pouring water into a glass that is filled with mint and has a lime garnish. The glass is on a wooden board with mint and wedges of lime.

Drink a glass of water, or up to a litre if you are feeling thirsty.

Mint, lime, or another garnish is lovely. If you have been sweating, adding some electrolytes (not a sugary drink), or try a coconut water.

 

A hand holding a black cup of tea on a wooden table next to an open book and a sprig of herbs.

Make a cup of tea, then set a timer for 5 minutes and sit somewhere quietly while you drink it.

If you are dehydrated, then replace black tea with a non-caffeinated herbal tea. I love to make an infusion using rosemary, sage, or another fragrant herb from the garden or fridge.

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Hydrate your skin with a spray of scented mist.

You can very easily make your own by adding some herbs or flowers to water in a mister. You could also use a drop of your favourite scented oil. For extra loveliness on a hot day - keep it in the fridge! 

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Being well hydrated is critical for brain function and for regulating emotional state.

In fact, cognitive function and response times for dehydrated drivers has been shown in studies to be similar to performance while at the legal limit for blood alcohol content! Dehydration increases your sensitivity to physical and emotional pain, and negatively impacts memory.

I have included drinking in this First Aid Guide, because it is such a simple action to take. When you feel like your resilience is low, or your mood is getting the better of you, a glass of water or two can very quickly redress that balance.

A bottle is pouring water into a glass that is filled with mint and has a lime garnish. The glass is on a wooden board with mint and wedges of lime.

Drink a glass of water, or up to a litre if you are feeling thirsty.

Mint, lime, or another garnish is lovely. If you have been sweating, adding some electrolytes (not a sugary drink), or try a coconut water.

 

A hand holding a black cup of tea on a wooden table next to an open book and a sprig of herbs.

Make a cup of tea, then set a timer for 5 minutes and sit somewhere quietly while you drink it.

If you are dehydrated, then replace black tea with a non-caffeinated herbal tea. I love to make an infusion using rosemary, sage, or another fragrant herb from the garden or fridge.

A flatlay of leaves and pink flowers surrounding a clear spray bottle containing pink flowers.

Hydrate your skin with a spray of scented mist.

You can very easily make your own by adding some herbs or flowers to water in a mister. You could also use a drop of your favourite scented oil. For extra loveliness on a hot day - keep it in the fridge!