Here in the UK August is traditionally holiday season and holidays are a great way to switch off from work and recharge our batteries.
But what about the rest of the time! It’s just as important to be able to stay calm and manage any stresses right through the year. If you’ve read the last couple of Monday Munch’s you’ll already have some strategies that will help.
This week I’m going to share a couple more.
Where is your calm place?
Think about a time when you felt really relaxed and calm and happy. Make it a specific time. Take a moment to go back there in your mind and re-live the moment, remember it clearly. What could you see, what could you hear, taste, smell, feel? As you recall that memory and all the details of it, you’ll start to feel that lovely relaxed, calm and happy feeling that you had back then; and the great thing is that now you’ve got it right here and right now.
Mine is on a hillside above Ullswater in the Lake District when I was around 20 years old. I was with some friends and we’re lying in the sunshine with not a care in the world. I can feel the warm sun on my face and the grass beneath me. I can hear the very distant sounds of boats on the lake. The sky is blue and the mountains kind of hazy in the heat.
Right! Before I drift off, back to the Munch! The thing is that if you sit quietly and go through that memory several times, remembering it in detail, you’ll get to the point where just by thinking of that time you instantly get the calm, relaxed, happy feeling you had back then.
You can use that any time you like, at your desk in the middle of the day, on a crowded train or in a traffic jam.
Quick tip: I’ve described an image because that works for me. You might find that there’s a particular song that just gets you feeling chilled. If so, use the memory of that to trigger calm.
For a quick technique for feeling calm in the moment, take a listen to the video attached to the top of this blog.
There are some very powerful techniques related to the strategy above which you can use, not just to feel calm, but also to feel confident in situations such as interviews and presentations.
If you’d like to find out more drop me an email and I can tell you more and book you in for a coaching session if you’d like to take it further.
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