Now, as an act of self-care, I’m going to take a month off from several of my commitments, including writing Couple’s Net. I’ll be back to you in October, refreshed.
In the meantime, I want to share a snippet of self-talk that might help when you find yourself ruminating. I’ve had trouble sleeping all my life. Recently, with the book deadline looming, that’s gotten worse. I’ve been waking up at 3 or 4 am, with my mind in a whirl. It’s been really hard to quiet it. A few days ago, during of one of the non-stop thinking/worrying episodes, these words came to me: And I forgive myself.
I felt my body instantly let down into relaxation, and my mind experienced a breath of fresh air.
There’s a lot of stress in the world and in people’s lives. Some of it we add to, and some is beyond our control. This self-talk works whether your stress is personal, inter-personal or global; and whether you are ‘at fault’ is not the point.
Saying to yourself, “And I forgive myself” can shift you from one track in your mind into a calmer, loving, quieter place. Try it now. Feel your feet on the floor. Let your body sink into your chair. Let your shoulders drop. Let your gut relax. Release your jaw. Relax your eyes. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.
And I forgive myself . . .
Let this be a time of deep breathing. Let thoughts drift by like clouds. As new thoughts arise, picture them sitting on clouds that are floating away. Come back to deep breathing. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale.
What healthy self-talk shifts your mind? What relaxes you? What helps you sleep?