Hands up all those who have heard of sophrology? Well, The Best Life Project is all about enhancing and educating and it seems that many people are practising this form of meditation to help cope with the pandemic.
Sophrology is a form of dynamic meditation that has been hugely popular across Europe for decades – particularly Switzerland, France and Belgium – to manage various aspects of mental health. But it’s relatively new to the UK.
It can be done lying down, sitting, standing up and even whilst moving. It combines breathwork, meditation, visualisation exercises and light body movement to engage both the mind and body to bring you into presence so you can better manage daily pressures ranging from quelling stress and anxiety to improving sleep, productivity and mental performance.
Generally, practising it teaches you how to become more mindful of your needs, strengths, limits and capabilities so you can better manage life’s challenges and find room to create more happiness in your life.
Dominique Antiglio, of the BeSophro clinic says part of creating that happiness is to assess our boundaries and sometimes that means saying No, which can be very empowering.
She is a qualified and globally sought-after Sophrologist and best-selling author, specialising in stress and sleep management, anxiety, self-development, birth preparation, and preparing for major life events. Her background in Osteopathy and her passion for the mind body connection deepens her understanding of Sophrology and how to best use it to support people through challenging times.
Born in Switzerland, Dominique was introduced to Sophrology at 15 years old to overcome health issues, learning early on the ways to positively connect with herself and embrace a new way of living.
She gained her Masters in Caycedian Sophrology (2006) notably training with Professor Caycedo, the founder of the method in Spain. She is also a graduate of the renowned European School of Osteopathy in Kent, UK, and holds a Holistic Voice Diploma (UK).
“I have seen first-hand how the simple practice of Sophrology can quickly transform your life by helping you to feel calmer, more empowered and focused on your personal or professional goals,” she says.
Dominique reckons we all need to say ‘no!’ more often, and offers these ways in which we can put it into action.
The Power of no
Be a ‘No’ person: Think of saying No as saying Yes to you. You can’t be all things to all people. It’s a statement that’s crucial for creating healthy boundaries. It buys you the time and energy to meet your own wants and commitments without feeling guilty or overwhelmed.
No can help you tackle adversity: Saying no actually builds creativity and resilience because it takes you off auto-pilot, giving you the space to think and act more clearly. This is particularly valuable during times of uncertainty when you need more creativity to navigate upheaval. If you can’t be creative, you won’t have the capacity or motivation to transform old habits or find a positive way out of a challenging situation.
No helps you stress less and is important for preventing burnout: Burnout tends to occur among people with very strong minds – their mental will to push through overrides their body’s signals for rest and recovery, and this is how burnout happens. Turning up the dial on body awareness is one way to pick up on the signals so you can act as necessary.
How to practise saying no
Variations of No can include delay tactics (it’s not a no, just a “not right now”) as well as just being clear and polite. But saying no can also take shape beyond the verbal.
Create a timetable or to-do list and communicate it. This shows others your priorities, if it’s not on the list, it’s a no (or a “not right now”)
Permission to clock-watch: take a full lunch hour and finish work on time – blurring boundaries will make it more difficult to say no to your time in future
Mental rest breaks: schedule in breaks like you schedule in meetings. A 10-minute breather can really help to reset the intensity during the day