Stress busting for accountants, part two

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In the second of a two-part series, Ivor Murray of Meditations Ltd shares his tips for reducing and managing stress.

Relaxation breathing

Its long been known that breathing can affect your mental state. Yoga and many martial arts include breathing exercises as an important part of their practice.

One of the most beneficial breathing exercises is alternate nostril breathing. Many yogis consider it to be the best technique for calming the mind and nervous system. Practice it before the start of your working day and, if possible, once or twice more during the day.

  1. Close the right nostril with your right thumb and inhale through the left nostril. Do this for a count of four seconds.

  2. Immediat...

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01st Apr 2009 15:26

Sorry forgot to count to eight and passed out :)

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01st Apr 2009 15:16

OK so here goes...
Closing right nostril with right thumb and inhaling through the left nostril.


so far so good

closing left nostril with right index finger and holding breath

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31st Mar 2009 18:19

yesterdays Torygraph
stated that 7 minutes reading reduced stree levels by 2/3

i dont think it was referring to tax books or CPD..

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30th Mar 2009 13:44

close your eyes
and then try breathing thro your eyes

very good for helping you sleep

concentrative rather tham contemplative meditation

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By Anonymous
28th Mar 2009 12:53

Another quick win - try mindfulness
Both as a stress reduction tool and a time leverage technique, I teach my clients mindfulness. Mindfulness is the act of consciously paying attention, in the present, on purpose and non-judgmentally. The opposite of being on "automatic pilot’’, mindfulness is efficient, reduces repetition and aids retention and understanding. Plus the ability to notice what is going on, as it arises, also fosters flexibility in stressful situations.
Quick demo: Sit in front of a clock and watch the passing of one minute. Focus your entire attention on your breathing, and nothing else, for the full minute. Practise daily to build that mindful muscle so you can flex it at work. Find out more at

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