Dealing with stress? Use the cloud technique!
Stress can consume a person whether it takes over emotions or harms the body through physical ailments. The cloud technique was a technique I began to use in moments of deep emotion and stress. It allows you to feel, see, and let go of deep emotions as well as negative thoughts. This technique has been extremely helpful in times of stress. In these five easy steps you can find and feel freedom!
Step one: close your eyes
Step two: take a deep breath in through your nose, count to four in your head, exhale through the mouth.
Step three: as you breathe deeply, feel the emotions, experiences, stresses, negative thoughts. Quietly pay attention to where you feel these.
Step four: when you can feel where that emotion is, imagine it as a big fluffy cloud. As you see the cloud in your mind, imagine it floating off into the distance. When you no longer see the cloud take another deep breath and open your eyes.
Step five: just breathe in the peacefulness and let go...
The cloud technique can be used in any situation whether it be when you're feeling anxiety in a crowd or having negative thoughts when alone. One good thing about this technique is it can be done without anyone knowing what you are doing and since it doesn't require any tools, you can take it with you anywhere.
Here is an example of how the cloud technique can be used with a negative thought pattern. "I am such a failure!" Breathe deeply, feel the emotion, visualize it as a cloud as big as you see your failures, watch as it drifts off out of your visual abilities, breathe and open your eyes, turning the negative to positive! Say "I am a success!"
Sometimes our negativity causes more stress than actual situations. Using this technique will help you overcome the stress caused by the emotions attached to the negativity.
This technique has become a valuable tool for my coaching clients and I invite you into the change that will come your way... floating on a cloud.
What helps you de-stress as a mom?
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