Have you noticed how this seems to happen when you are in a rush or running late?
This happened to me the other day, when I was already up against time, en route to a meeting in Cardiff. So… I had the choice to either get all impatient and stressy, or use this time in a way that made me feel better. I wasn’t going anywhere very fast, so I thought I may as well make the most of it.
I relaxed in my car seat, loosened my grip on the steering wheel and tuned into my breathing. As I breathed deeply and slowly into my abdomen, enjoying feeling the flow of the oxygen moving through my body, my muscles let go of tension, my heart rate slowed down and my mind became calm. Isn’t it amazing that the most effective, portable de-stressing system that exists on this entire planet is free, in continuous supply and available to us 24/7?
Now back to the story… After a little while, the tractor turned off, so it was’ bye bye tractor’ and I was on my way…. but not for long!
As I accelerated, my car began to lose power. I pulled into a layby just in time, already beginning to inwardly cringe with embarrassment about that call I would have to make to the breakdown service….. I had run out of petrol!
Having made some phone calls and done everything that was within in my control to do, back into ‘the flow of slow’ I chose to return. Enjoying the afternoon sun, whilst I sat and relaxed on a grassy bank, waiting for the breakdown service to arrive. On this day, I had set myself too much to do on too tight a timescale, when already feeling pretty tired. Even though we may not always realise it, we do get what we need, even if we don’t always appreciate it at the time.
As well as giving me some unexpected relaxation time, this experience also gave me food for thought about how we can turn potentially stressful situations into more beneficial ones – even ones that we can end up enjoying!. So I have created my ‘Behind the Tractor Sessions’ to help you do exactly that!
‘Behind the Tractor Sessions’
Wednesdays, January 17th, 24th, 31st and February 7th, 2018, 6.30pm – 8pm
Come along and experience some easy, enjoyable relaxation techniques and simple self-calming tools. All here to help you feel more in control and flow more smoothly with those everyday challenges and stresses. You will discover how you can allow yourself to slow down and relax more. You will also learn some useful tips and tools, which you can use anytime and anywhere. If you have an irksome bug bear that presses your stress buttons, we can create ways to help that work for you too. Each session will conclude with a lovely soothing, guided group relaxation. Learning to relax and let go around the smaller stuff, makes it so much easier to surf those bigger life challenges. I am so excited about these sessions, I do hope you will join me.