Exploring Techniques

February 2, 2020 – Cold Running Water – This seems to help a lot. The shock of the cold water is enough to drag my mind back to the now and helps to put the anxiety in check. I would have to say that this one does work. I love that it worked fast too. There was no waiting around for the overwhelming feelings to go away. I have never used this in the past but I believe it is some thing I will have to remember for the future. I've been struggling to find something that works fast for both the overwhelm of empathy and my anxiety. This seems to be it. So I will continue using this one as a short term technique because it appears to work so well. Of course I'm not sure how well it will work in the summer time when the cold water isn't so cold at first, but it's still worth a try. I am hopeful this will be something I can put in my toolbox for future use because I am always looking for new tools to use.
February 3, 2020 – Mantra – The mantra I chose to use is the word “trees”. I chose this because I feel the most at ease when I am around them. Trees have always brought me a calm mind and a serene attitude so I was hoping that this would work at least sort of the same way. I thought that maybe it would help me to focus my mind again if things got to be too much either empathically or with my anxiety. I'm really not sure how well this one helped. It seemed to help some, but it took a bit of practice and use before it really did anything to help much. This is not something that I have used in the past so I had no expectations that it would work, but I was hopeful. While it did work, it wasn't a quick reaction like the cold water was. It was more of longer version that took a bit of time. I can see continuing to use this in times where maybe the cold water isn't available or something along those lines. Probably not something I would use on a daily basis unless I'm having a hard time concentrating, because it did seem to help with that.
February 4, 2020 – Mindfulness – I chose mindfulness because this is something that I have used in the past that has helped me to relax. I have used it as more of a meditation though in the past not a right now type of helpful thing. I have to say that this has helped me quite a bit. Making sure that I am present right now at any time during the day helps to keep me grounded, especially when doing my meanial tasks such as sweeping the floor or washing the dishes. This helps to make sure that mind stays right there and doesn't wander into places that do me no good. I like that I can do this at any time or all day if I feel I need to. I generally pick at least one point during the day to use this technique for that very reason. When doing my housework, my mind tends to wander, so using this technique helps me to make sure that it doesn't go where I don't want it to go. I have used this before and I will continue to use this going forward because it really did seem to help with the overwhelming feelings that hit from time to time during the day.
February 15, 2020 – Crystals I have a worry stone that I have carried for a while and seems to help me to relax and work with my feelings of anxiety. I usually only carry it on bad days, but for this assignment I carried every day for about a week. I don't know what type of stone it is, but it's blue and looks a bit like turquoise. I don't know that this is what it is though, but it's the only one I own right now as far as stones and crystals. I don't know that this really helped much. If things got to be too much I would hold on to it and rub it which seems to help most of the time but I don't know that carrying it actually did anything different for me. When I would hold the stone and play with it, my mind would calm, but just carrying it with me didn't seem to do anything. So, I'm not sure that I will continue to carry it with me or just grab it when I need it as I have been doing. I do think that it was nice to have it with me when I did need it though.

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