Miriam speaks of a new relaxation technique. It can be used at home or in a park when you are feeling stressed. I also include a couple of variations to it. (Photo by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash)
Lately I have been feeling stressed. Doing a lot of things with appointments, sometimes more than one per day and two days in a row. This causes anxiety for me.
The relaxation technique is as follows. Sit in a comfortable position on something comfortable and think of a river in the forest. Now find a rock beside the river and sit down. As you are sitting there you notice leaves floating on the river. Many leaves. Pick one up and put a worry onto it. Now place it back in the stream and watch it float away with your worry. Pick up another leaf and place a different worry on the leaf. Place it back in the stream and watch it float away. Keep doing this with your worries. Sometimes you may see a group of leaves stuck together. Pick one up and look at the worry. As you do this watch all the other worries wash away. Place your leaf in the stream and watch it wash away all the way down the stream. Be still. Think of the stream and all your worries are gone!
A variation to this relaxation technique is to fill balloons with your worry and then release them all into the air. And your worries are gone. Or fill train box cars with your worries and then watch the train leave and all your worries go with it.
I have decided to incorporate a twenty minute mindfulness session into my day twice a week. Then I may do it three times a week. But at first I want to get a routine going. At the same time I can watch my thoughts and see what my mind is worried about. Watch my thoughts and figure out what is bothering me.
Until next time…enjoy your evening!
Miriam writes now of her day yesterday. She has learned something new.
I posted a poem two days ago…I remember now. It was one of anger and the most emotion that I have showed about a bad experience in my childhood. I shared it with you because it healed to write the poem but also it healed to share it in the hopes that it would help someone else. It was very therapeutic.
After I wrote the poem I had a cup of orange spice tea with milk. I cried two tears. The first time that I had cried for an innocence lost, a childhood lost. I was angry for the first time. Angry at the person who did bad things to me. And I was sad. Then I repressed what I was feeling. Those two tears was all that I allowed myself to feel.
The next day I was functional in the morning. Then around 11:00 am I was lost. I couldn’t focus. I ate three meals in the space of an hour. Quick meals. I couldn’t concentrate on my art or even writing. I just sat and watched the television. I was scared and had a sense of impending doom. I thought of bad things that could happen to me. I was more and more depressed and lost. I wasn’t scared but depressed.
I reached out and called a counselor asking them what I should do. They recommended that I own the day. That I allow myself this day to just sit and watch television. Not to stress about it but to accept it as a day that I just watch television. I did this and the sense of doom was still upon me. I calmed myself and trusted in God. I had survived this long and with God’s help I would survive the day as well.
So there are days when you have anxiety that you are not functional and that the world seems to come down upon you. Stay calm and accept the day for what it is if your usual coping mechanisms (ie art) don’t help. A day of rest. A day to stay calm. A day to try and stay positive. Reach down into yourself and find your own personal strength to fight the depression on days like this. But allow yourself to wallow for the day. Turn off your phone. Accept that you are not functional. Spoil yourself. Watch television. Have that cup of tea. Have a bath. Pamper yourself and heal.
Heal my friend heal.
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