These ideas are not rocket science… they may even be things you already know… but they do work… play with them. Some may work better than others and playing with them may remind you of others you already know that you can add to the list. One great way to develop resilience is to keep finding great ways that help you to deal with the dross of life.
1. Use the Dennison Repatterning Process when life feels to overwhelming. This is a fundamental part of Brain GymR and helps to refocus and reorganise our system to keep-on keeping-on in a relaxed and playful way. If you haven’t had the opportunity to learn this great process yourself contact a qualified Brain Gym Instructor to learn it.
2. Let go of those roles that are keeping you stuck. Our roles, the hats we wear, create such expectations for us. Many quietum plus of them bad! And especially at this time of year. Remember to step outside of them and figure out what you WANT to do and let go of what you SHOULD do. Should’s do not bring us happiness in the end, nor do they ultimately keep the peace or make anyone else happy. Why? Because we often end up resentful and maybe even bitter. Find a way to make peace within with your ‘obligations’ and your needs.
3. Go for a swim in the sea. Salt water is very cleansing for our energy system and those ozones by the seaside contain a serious feel good factor. If you can’t get to the sea fill the bath and add a good handful or two of sea salt. Or put a big handful of sea salt in a soft flannel and rub it all over under the shower. You may be amazed at how squeaky clean you feel after. Gets rid of all that stale energy.
4. Keep communicating. This sounds simple but many of us give up communicating when we get busy. It becomes too hard. Recognise when you are finding it too much to talk and take a breath and initiate conversation with someone, anyone! That conversation may be about something important to you or just to connect and let others in. Most of us need contact with another person everyday to help keep us sane!
5. Keep relaxed by keeping moving. Sounds a little weird but we do stay more relaxed with some movement in our life. It isn’t easy for many of us, including me, to remember to move, but it does make a difference. Try to include something everyday in your life.
6. Remember that your senses, especially smell and sound, are great tools to utilise in helping you to relax. Nice smells and calming music are used by all the 5 star spas all over the world to help you to relax in their environs. Take a tip and use it at home.
7. Have a rest. Sleep is important. And if it is getting scarce then power naps may be the answer. My mother (a mother of 5 who worked full time) got me addicted to these when my boys were small. Close your eyes for 5, 10 or 20 minutes. No longer. Allow yourself to completely relax during this time. When you keep it this short you do not get the duh feeling of a long afternoon nap. You just wake feeling refreshed and ready for action.
8. Keep up your nutrition, especially your minerals. We think that vitamins are important but for many of us it is all those trace minerals that are lacking. Our ancient soil is pretty mineral light and our bodies can get very depleted before any symptoms show. Talk to your local health food shop and get a good suplement if you are feeling tired or out of sorts. And, if your digestion is not what it should be then make sure you take them in a liquid form. For those who are not sleeping, especially if you are a worrier and having some muscle cramps then consider magnesium, it can be a miracle mineral. (note this is not a prescrption – talk to a qualified nutritional counsellor before undertaking any intensive vitamin or mineral therapy).
9. Make sure you own your choices. Once you decide to do something commit to it. While I understand this is hard, not committing is harder – why? Because if something goes wrong we start to regret our decisions or wish we had done something different. Hindsight is always 20/20. If we own the decisons we make then we know they were the best we could do at the time. Otherwise we would have done something else.