Mindfulness can be defined as the act of consciously focusing on the present moment, while accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations; with compassion, without judgement. As stress levels rise, the number of mindfulness-related books, sites, magazines, apps, games, retreats increase daily. And whilst some of these items have a definite stink of ‘fad’ among…
Bad news is supposed to happen in 3s
First someone I am close to gets sick and is in the hospital around Thanksgiving. Obviously bad news.
Second I make contact with family members who might or might not be safe. Not sure if this is considered bad news.
Last Thursday I found out that a friend/mentor/co-worker I’ve known for about 10 years died. He had cancer and fought bravely for quite a few years. Obviously bad news.
Holidays bring memories and mixed feelings
My anxiety is much worse than normal. I’m remembering events and activities that happened around the holidays (at parties and events, at home, at church/synagogue, at school) that were buried for decades.
My body is healing and starting to look like it’s meant to look. This is causing feelings of negative body image, self-consciousness, and fear.
I sent out holiday cards and have received some. Two cousins sent a gift that made me feel so happy that I got scared. I bought groceries to cook in the community kitchen; want to feel good and cook something.
Grief – brings out tears and feelings of sadness that trigger past feelings and similar situations. I felt numb; then started crying. But while I felt numb, I couldn’t stop sneezing.
Negative body feelings – I am so tired. I am getting cravings to eat and drink stuff that makes me feel kind of sick and can’t avoid all of them. My body alternately feels good and in pain. And I am having trouble accepting my “real” body shape.
Hope – that maybe this year I won’t sleep through Christmas
Fear – that I probably will do that
Self-Care – because I am falling behind on some chores and goals with being so tired and sleeping a lot.
Strategy or Strategies?
Gratitude – because I feel so grateful for the typical and also unexpected blessings that have come my way this season
Allowing my feelings to flow through me – express, acknowledge, accept, let go of what I feel so they don’t get stuck inside and cause problems (I hope)
Present-focused attitude – to help me stay grounded and focused on my current tasks
Self-Care – because everyone deserves to be safe and healthy
Starting small – small chunks are easier to finish than large bites. And small accomplishments add up with less frustration
So how are you going to prepare for the holidays?
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Sorry I am late. Yesterday was rough, and I spent most of it working on self-care.
Acceptance Commitment Therapy or ACT is new to me. What is so hard about ACT? Doing the opposite of what I’ve learned to cope with feelings. There’s more to it, but my learning curve is just starting.
Instead, I’m going to provide a link to a reputable source: Good Therapy (www.goodtherapy.org) and let you discover the information on your own.
Beyond that, I’m finding a lot of comfort in gratitude practice lately. One thing I am most grateful for is the guests who visit here and inspire me to keep on going.
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Not much to say except this week we are all fighting.
The anxiety is strong. So many triggers with new people invading our space at work. So many ways to give in amd not go to work this week. So many reasons to get up and fight another day – deadlines, seeing friends, accomplishing goals, not wanting to give in to the fear.
Sometimes one of us will signal break time. Then we go out and walk for a bit. Or go to the restroom for quiet. Maybe walk down to the lobby and talk with the guard on duty. And then get back to work.
Once in a while I feel like running, but can’t leave the desk. Food, juice or sour drink, chocolate, music, games, or a book help there. But no one can help us feel the anxiety that comes from tok many people and too much movement and too much noise.
Yeah, I am nof the best writer. And I don’t proofread either. But mo one else wanted to post anything using the phone app. Our personal computer got donated. The work one is at the office. And will stay until we bring it home tomorrow – incentive for going into the office.
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