Do your mind a favour.
Now that the festive season has come and gone, it's about time you gave your poor frazzled head a break.
And while it may seem so much more tempting to kick back with Netflix and deconstructed turkey curry – the new wellness kid on the block is ready and waiting to give you the zen you're so desperately craving.
Sophrology is a structured method created to produce optimal health and well-being.
It consists of a series of easy-to-do physical and mental exercises that – when practiced regularly – lead to a healthy, relaxed body and a calm, alert mind. The exercises are called dynamic relaxation (relaxation in movement).
In Switzerland and France, sophrology is already widely offered to students at school or university as a way to acquire life and stress-management skills. The French rugby team reportedly used sophrology while training for the last World Cup.
With just 10 minutes of practice a day, your mind and body will naturally begin to trigger "dynamic relaxation", easing you into a calmer state of mind.
Along with immediate relaxation, the continued use of Sophrology exercises brings a deeply healing state for the body and mind. The alpha wave state achieved through it can alleviate stress, anxiety and burn-out, sharpen focus, build resilience, improve sleep and boost positivity.
What a way to bring in the new year.
An example of a sophrology exercise is to close your eyes, breathe in, and hold your breath for a few seconds while tensing up all the muscles in your body. Then, as you exhale, release all the muscles and let go, allowing the body and mind to slow down.
With so many of us are living such fast-paced day-to-days, Sophrology looks set to be the next buzzword answer to all our problems.
Until another solution comes along, at least.