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Can you invest five minutes of your time in your mental health today? Stop and Breathe technique

Every day, we actively do things to take care of our physical health; like brushing our teeth, taking a shower, eating fruits, and vegetables, and so on…
But we do not habitually set time aside to take care of our emotional health.

So how about we start playing a game together – let’s set up a simple common goal for today.


Find 5 minutes – just 5 minutes (!) – set up your timer if you have to, and then just STOP.

Stop doing whatever it is you are doing.

Just sit comfortably or lie down if you can, close your eyes or keep them open if you wish and just stay there breathing in silence. Try to do NOTHING.

Think of your attention like a spotlight that shines on different objects. You have the ability to direct it wherever you wish. So if you find your mind wandering to thoughts, just take your attention back to your breath so you can keep playing the game.

That’s all.

So, who’s in? I’ll go first.


Dr Patapia Tzotzoli

Dr Patapia Tzotzoli founded My Psychology Clinic where she gained her reputation working as Clinical Psychologist with clients on one to one basis in London and worldwide via online therapy. She specialises in adult mental health and couples therapy. Studied at the universities of East London, Oxford and Cambridge and trained at the Institute of Psychiatry where she worked across world-renowned NHS Trusts.

Dr Patapia TzotzoliMedical LiveWire Award Winner

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