How do you respond to your emotions?

Most of us are constantly engulfed in a train of continuous thoughts and feelings. How we choose to respond to them is up to us.

The more often we can respond objectively to the stories we tell ourselves, the more opportunity we have in finding beauty in our daily grind. We are the only ones who knows what goes on in our minds – and we are the only ones who can do anything about it.

Self-care is on-going and requires constant attention with compassion. One framework to help us in this enquiry is to investigate our body’s physical response to our emotions and reactions.

August’s Sage Self-Care project

Practice recognising the sensations that accompany your emotions

Everything that we experience is individual – so rather than getting stuck in the ‘why’ something is happening to you – try and focus on the ‘what’ is happening and where you feel it. This helps you stay in the present and also keeps you in your body rather than in your head.

See if you can begin to notice…

  • When you feel content – what is happening?
  • When you feel disconnected – what is happening?
  • Where do you feel expansive?
  • Where do you feel contracted?
  • What stories do you tell yourself?

This is a visceral practice. One that is asking you to feel your experience rather than analyse it from your intellect.

As you develop your enquiry – give yourself permission to…

  • Embrace and engage in your experience – hold it without expressing or suppressing
  • Breathe – in and out your nose, try and stay with the natural rhythm of your breath
  • When you feel a sense of calm – decide what sort of action you want to take

Remember – your breath is always with you. As you develop a relationship with your breath, it becomes more available to you to use as a tool to decompress from stressful situations.

 

To find more information on how you can incorporate self-care and wellbeing practices into your daily life, please contact me  charlotte@sagepractices.co.nz