IF you’ve had a long week and have a busy weekend planned, Fridays are a good time to take stock and… breathe. Check out this round up of useful breathing exercises to bring a sense of grounding and calm this Feel Good Friday.
Sun Bingo cares about its players and wants them to be body, mind and soul healthy.
That means, we like to remind our happy, sunny community that sometimes the best thing to do is just pause and take a breath.
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As such, here are some great reads on useful breathing techniques that can help with a host of issues that might be troubling you.
- The 4-7-8 technique – to help with sleep
Reportedly first used by Indian yogis as part of their meditation practice, this technique is said to help you fall asleep in just 60 seconds! You inhale through your nose for four seconds, hold the breath for seven seconds, and slowly exhale through your mouth for eight seconds.
- The Humming Bee technique – to help with tension and stress
Also known as “Bhramari pranayama”, this technique triggers the “rest and digest” nervous system, which is responsible for lowering heart rate and food digestion. Sit comfortably with a straight spine. Place your thumbs over your ears and your fingers over your eyes. Inhale through your nose and as you exhale, hum.
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- Stomach breathing technique – to help with anxiety
When you breathe shallowly, your lungs do not fully fill. Deep breaths that come from the stomach reportedly encourage a full oxygen exchange in the lungs, which can slow the heart rate and lower blood pressure.
- Alternative nostril technique – to help with memory and concentration
This technique can help promote whole brain development. Close your mouth and relax your tongue. Use your left index finger to close your right nostril, and breathe in through the left nostril. Use your left thumb to close your left nostril as you release the index finger and breathe out through your right nostril. Then, reverse! With the same fingers in place, breathe in through your right nostril and out through your left nostril.
Sun Bingo’s pause options
Playing with Sun Bingo should only ever be fun. So, if you’re finding that it’s starting to become something else, take a pause and breathe.
We have a few functions that can help.
- Cool off
You might like to start by trying the “Cool Off” feature, which allows you to take a break from your account at any time. You can set the cool off period from 24 hours to six weeks. To activate a cool off, visit the “My Account” section, click on “Responsible Gaming”, then “Account Cool Off”. Your account will automatically reactivate after the cooling off period has ended.
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Similar to the Cool Off function, self-exclude allows you to deactivate your account for between six and 60 months. Please be aware that if you select this option, the account cannot be reopened until the period set has expired.
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- Establishes time and monetary limits before playing
- Only gambles with money they can afford to lose
- Never chase their losses
- Doesn’t gamble if they’re upset, angry or depressed
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