Little tricks that can have a big impact

We are all better served when butterflies remain aloft or in the garden rather than take up residence in our gut. At various times we all experience stress and or anxiety to some extent or other. It can of course vary from a full blown heart-clenching panic attack to a chronically persistent case of “whatifitis”.

butterfly hot-air balloon

Sleep can put the butterflies to good use.

If you’re reading this you will probably be aware of the stress-relief a Reiki treatment can bring – if you haven’t – find a good practitioner and try it.   In any case, there are a lot of hours in the week (7×24 – (6 x 8 – [your work hours])you can work it out) when a practitioner of any kind is unavailable.   At these times self-help becomes really important: Reiki self-practise can be very effective at restoring calm, but like most things requires continuous practise.

So what to do? Well here are some ideas that may help reduce your stress levels.

“Sleep is the best meditation.”  – Dalai Lama

We all sleep, or we would not be long for this plane. Quality sleep is crucial to our health, both physical and mental. Good sleep  can be notoriously difficult to come by when you’re struggling with stress, or anxious/depressing thoughts. Doing everything you can to try to quiet your thoughts before you retire for the evening can be of immense benefit.  Get into a routine: set the mood, let the mind and body know the time for rest approaches.  One thing to do if something or things are particularly bothersome or you have a lot to do manāna then …

Make a list

Not “War and Peace” just a to do or think about list for the ‘morrow.  Once done stop thinking about it for now, and complete your routine.

“  The way to deal with an impossible task was to chop it down into a number of merely very difficult tasks, and break each one of them into a group of horribly hard tasks, and each of them into tricky jobs, and each of them…”

― Terry PratchettTruckers

It may take a few iterations to get the impossible down to the manageable, but that is better than being overwhelmed and stuck.

Write down your thoughts.

Vent.

“There’s some things we can’t think because we don’t know the words.”
― Terry PratchettTruckers

If words fail you, draw  or  paint the frustrations. Preferably not in blood, and anywhere but on the walls.

The act of writing or drawing helps purge your frustrations.  Such writings, drawings, doodlings and scratchings need not be long or involved with a few minutes a day being sufficient.  Don’t limit yourself either.  If you have an idea, get it down.  A journal might be a good idea too, so you track changes in your stress levels or follow an idea’s evolution.

Venting this way can significantly reduce the likelihood of the defenestration of the sources of your frustrations.

Walking.

We all day-dream about getting away from it all, taking some extended time-out.  It can be done every day. At times we need to step away from what is irking us and get some air.  Of course regular exercise is important for mental and physical health but this type of walking isn’t about getting heart-rates to some predetermined number of beats-per-minute or sweating.   It is about  relaxing walks that can be soothing for your mind.  Taking walks gets you out into the world which in turn takes can help get you out of your head space even if its only for 15-20 minutes during lunch or in the morning/evening.

Self-care toolkit.

The items listed above make for a fair toolkit, but there are already things you do for yourself to remain mental.  Whether it be taking a bath, meditation, watching utube cat videos, listening to music, experiencing art, walking or more serious exercise, or laughing with friends everyone has coping mechanisms that lift them when feeling crapacious. Even reading this post might be part of your coping mechanisms.  Do you even know what yours are?  It pays to identify them and have an idea how you use them.   This will raise your awareness of what you are experiencing ‘cos let’s face it, sometimes we work in zombie mode and aren’t really sure why we do things – ‘cept they feel good.  It will be useful to know why.

“We are here and it is now. The way I see it is, after that, everything tends towards guesswork.”
― Terry PratchettSmall Gods

I hope you found the above, amusing if not useful.  ‘T’is a fact that even now the word count is too many, and such tools could use a blog themselves, and we haven’t ventured into self-talk.

The quotes are from the recently deceased Terry Pratchett’s works.  I would suggest reading some because laughter too is excellent for self-care.

If you like to learn Reiki, or have a treatment, drop me a line.

Love-n-light

Stephen

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