Get curious about your feelings instead of covering them up or launching into solutions. This simple practice takes only a minute or two.
1. Start by sitting comfortably, noticing where you might be holding tension in the body. Invite these tight places to relax. Check in with your shoulders, neck, jaw, eyes, belly, and hands.
2. Bring a relaxed curiosity to what you’re feeling. Let yourself be with the emotion as it is, rather than rushing in to “do” something about it.
3. Where do you notice it in your body? Try putting a hand, or two hands, there.
4. Acknowledge that this is a time of distress, of difficulty. This is hard.
5. All people experience painful times, distressing circumstances. You are not alone.
6. See if you can bring some kindness and compassion to yourself.
7. Try not to add to your distress by beating yourself up or calling yourself names.
8. Let yourself rest before returning to your day.
Be as kind to yourself as you would to someone else experiencing this stress and discomfort.