By Ed Percival, Shirlaws Business Coach
Now that you have begun to have your inner voice as an instrument rather than as a terrorist, let’s put it to work on your behalf.
This is one way to quieten your busy mind.
It also seems to help the preparation for sleep for some people.
Take a deep breath.
Let it go completely.
Make the next breath softer and let that go completely.
Keep making each breath softer than the one before.
On each out breath, say the word” Soften” gently to yourself.
Put your attention into the muscles in your forehead and aim the “ Soften” at them until they have softened completely.
Then gently allow your attention to drift down to the muscles around your eyes and tell them to soften.
Once they have responded, go to the muscles around your mouth and up around the hinges of your jaw.
Keep softening until your face is completely soft, softening your breathing as you go.
Then put your attention to the muscles at the back of your neck. These are bigger, so it might help if you notice first which side of your neck is more tense then get to soften on that side first. Soon that will be softer than the other side, so you can switch sides to soften. Keep switching sides until your whole neck is soft.
Do the same with your shoulders , then your upper back and finishing with your lower back.
Once your system has learned to soften step by step, you can make it happen faster by taking one breath and letting it go and saying “Soften “ to yourself just before you are about to tackle some task or event that would have shown up as a bit stressful before.