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Guided imagery-pictures in your mind

A common relaxation technique for those with stress, anxiety or depression is to imagine a peaceful, calm and comforting place where you would like to be and where you can let all your worries wash over you leaving your mind a quiet blank canvas. In my experience easier said than done and I have struggled with this for many years. Somehow, my mental clutter comes rushing back to prevent me from enjoying even a momentary short spell on a desert island, lazing on a white sandy beach, my toes digging into the warm sand whilst being served cocktails as the sunsets across the azure-blue ocean listening to the waves lapping rhythmically on the shore…..etc etc you get my drift.

So, how pleased am I to have discovered guided meditation and all the benefits it brings? The answer is, “very”.

I now have a selection of short guided meditations set to background music loaded onto my ipod. These meditations are stories set to calming music and spoken by an experienced meditator. I have to admit that they are very soporific and so far they seem to be working. In a very short time I have come to look forward to my twenty minutes of “me” time, sitting cross-legged in the middle of my bed, nursing my nugget of rose quartz listening to tropical rain storms, waterfalls, whales and dolphins, imagining that I am stranded on a desert island, climbing waterfalls or paddling my canoe! The only downside is waking up to reality. Now that can be depressing!

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59th Street Bridge Song-Paul Simon

Slow down, you movin’ too fast
You gotta make the morning last
Just kickin’ down the cobblestones
Lookin’ for fun and feelin’ groovy

Hello lampost
Whatcha knowin?
I’ve come to watch your flowers growin’
Ain’tcha got no rhymes for me?
Doo Bee Doo Doo, feelin’ groovy

Got no deeds to do
No promises to keep
I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep
Let the morningtime drop all its petals on me…
Life, I love you, all is groovy

A happy, cheery song perfect when you are feeling good about yourself and it also has a useful message for when things aren’t quite right.

“Slow down”.

It’s all too easy to get carried away by old habits and do too much to find yourself  scurrying around chasing your tail completely overlooking the basic human need for rest and recuperation.

You need to recognise your stress triggers early and put measures in place to prevent overwork and exhaustion. Some ideas for dealing with your triggers;

Put things into perspective-on a scale of 1-10, prioritise your challenges

Decide whether you can delegate tasks to friends, family or colleagues

Adopt relaxation techniques; Deep breathing, meditation, walking, listening to music

Phone a friend. It’s good to talk.

Factor in some moderate exercise into your day-even 15 minutes will help

Be groovy, be cool, be chilled, be relaxed.

Be you.