Family Addiction Recovery: A Blog
First, just breathe and calm your mind and body down a bit so that you can think a little more clearly.
I do this by first sitting down. Then I breathe with my stomach for a minute or two. During this time I keep 100% of my focus on the air going in and out of my nostrils.
2. Zoom out.
I have often found that zooming out a bit alleviates stress and inner pressure.
When you feel trapped and like the world is pressing down on you then it is easy to get a very unhelpful perspective on things.
So I ask myself: Will this matter in 5 years? Or even 5 months?
This allows me to see things from a broader perspective.
3. Unclutter your focus.
When you feel overwhelmed and stressed out it’s easy to get stuck in thinking you have to do 5 things at once to get a handle on things and to get back on track.
So I ask myself:
Honestly, which ones of these things can wait until tomorrow or next week with no or small consequences?
4. Go for just taking care of the rest of today one small step at a time.
After I have alleviated pressure, overwhelm and stress by using the three steps above I narrow my focus.
I do not look forward because then I’ll see all the things I have to do to reach my goal or get all the way to done with a project.
Instead, I go smaller and focus on just taking care of the rest of today.
Nothing more. Tomorrow will come in time and then I will take care of it too.
But for now I only focus on what is most important today.
Have a recharging Sunday and a less stressful week ahead!
By Henrick of The Positivity Blog
Timothy Harrington is passionate about helping family members of the addicted loved one awaken to their own power and purpose.