Over the years people have suggested I write a book or make a DVD of my practices, thoughts etc to help them practice at home. To me that is a huge task, so I have finally made a mini step towards creating " Get WELLthy " : Mini Self -Care plans comprising of 7 two minute actions to practice and use to promote your own good health and well- being.
The first Get WELLthy Plan is the Stress Combat Plan - 7 steps to help alleviate stress from both mind & body and build stress resilience. What I call bouncebackability - how to bounce back from set-backs and, if things don’t go according to plan, then make another plan. From Worrier to Warrior is one of the 7 steps in the Stress Combat Plan for you to try:
From Worrier to Warrior:
What can you do when you get so bogged down with thoughts that you can't think straight? Worry breeds worry. Just remembering times when there has been a fog of thoughts racing, multiplying, causing chaos in my head can bring back memories of being indecisive, worried, anxious or overwhelmed about making that right decision.
Create space in 2 minutes and watch that fog clear
Close your eyes and start to breathe slowly in and out through your nose. After 4/5 breaths inhale and PAUSE for 2/3 seconds before exhaling. Repeat this a few times and start to tune in to what you are experiencing during the PAUSE - it's simple it's just that a PAUSE - SPACE. Now feel what happens after the pause when you exhale. Does your body soften, relax, do your shoulders sink or face relax. What else? keep watching. Practice this for 2 minutes then tune in to what's happened to the thoughts? Is your mind clearer, calmer, do you feel less heavy, less burden, can you make that decision now?
The create space action is a way to help clear that fog of unhelpful thoughts by breaking the link between them, reducing their perceived power over you. It gives you space to connect to your inner wisdom, those gut feelings, instincts that only work for your benefit and your interest, guiding you to make the right decision or take the right course of action. So, like those ancient great warriors who used their natural abilities and instincts to win battles, with practice you can learn to tap in to your inner wisdom and gain strength, focus, confidence and courage to know and do what is right for you and avoid the stresses of overthinking. That's when you move from Worrier to Warrior. Namaste