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Here are a few tips I use when resting or in “The Pit”
Meditation - i listen to numerous guided meditations on you tube or relaxing zen like music. I find this very useful to release stress & tension- allowing my body to ‘Land.’
Practice slow breathing:- This is the most important thing you CAN do. Feeling the air enter & leave your nose & the rise & fall of your tummy. (The Buteyko method is a very powerful breathing method) there is a book called “close your mouth” it teaches this breathing method & is a very good read. It’s very informative explaining the importance of breathing properly. I find it calms me helping me to relax & helps me through rest periods, a crash or relapse.
Mindfulness - being mindful of thoughts. While we have a mind we will never stop thoughts coming in but we can change how we react to them, view them & help them to pass on like floating clouds or passing traffic, rather than giving them too much attention, let them pass. Try to be the observer of your thoughts, see them for what they are (just a thought) & allow it to float on down the river. I often find when I am observing my mind watching & waiting for the next thought to come in it create’s a gap. These gaps are so important, the more gaps you have the better. So watch your thoughts like a cat watching a mouse hole...ask “what is my next thought” watch & wait for it to come.
Whether we have a negative or a positive thought our brains go to work collecting evidence to support it...so be carful how much attention you give to the not so good ones.
Read books - (if you are up to it) ones that will nurture you. Ones you can learn from. Personally I like self help & spiritual books.
Make your pit stop a lovely, tranquil, private & comfortable place to be. Surround it with pictures of loved ones and/or pictures of nature. This is your very own special place... one where you won’t be disturbed... where you can take the time you need to rest, restore & recharge.
Be grateful! List all the things you are grateful for.
Overall be kind to yourself!
Pushing through & resistance is what will hold you back & keep you stuck. Dedicate this time for yourself- it will be worth it. You are worth it!
If you have any other ideas you use that you’d like to add I’d love to hear them.
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