Daily rituals are essential for dialling down stress and pressure and reconnecting with self

In the fast pace of life and the hyper-connected world we live in, wellness and self-care rituals can often fall to the bottom of the list of our priorities. As someone who revels and the busyness of life and making the most of possibilities, if I am not careful, self-care can take a back seat. But when I have things in control, I absolutely cherish my mini-timeouts or downtime and my deep rest and renew rituals.

At any given moment, I try to connect with calm, the ambient to energise even if it is just for a short time and…


You know how to breathe, you do it all day every day…but for many of us, we don’t even know that we are doing it, except perhaps during times of tension.

You also know the saying ‘take a few deep breaths’ when subject to stress or pressure. This saying is not an old folk remedy; instead, it is advice that has stood the test of time.

There are so many compelling benefits of slow, mindful deep breathing which are backed up by robust scientific evidence, which is too hard to ignore.

In a nutshell (this is not designed to be a science lesson, but essential to know), breathing deeply and mindfully helps to stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system which triggers the body to release hormones to decrease blood pressure and your…

Penny Ward

People and Change Professional integrating leadership approaches, mind/body awareness, and restorative practices to support people to rest, restore and renew.

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