Breathing is one of those self-soothing practices that gets talked to death. However, I don’t often see specifics about how to use it properly. We can say, “Take deep breaths” all day, but what if it isn’t helping? The part that gets overlooked is what to do while breathing. There are ways to count breaths,… Read More Soothing Sunday: Relaxing Breath
Face it, the world is a crazy place. It seems to have become moreso in the past few years, no matter who you ask or what they think is craziest about it. Self-soothing is a fantastic way to keep your emotional state somewhere that allows you to function through it all. It can go terribly… Read More Soothing Sunday: When self-soothing goes wrong
We are human. We have emotions. Most of us in the US don’t allow enough time to process those emotions in a healthy way because we’re taught to bottle things up and never let it out. When something truly world-shifting happens, especially when it’s something painful, we suddenly find ourselves with a broken bottle and… Read More Soothing Sunday: Set a Timer
I’m going to be a little more focused today because recent conversations with my adult children have brought to mind the importance of soothing yourself as a parent. It doesn’t matter, especially, whether you have a newborn or a teen, you need to be able to soothe yourself because kids are hard work! Not only… Read More Soothing Sunday: Tips for Parents
How many times have we, any of us, found ourselves spiraling into anxiety and depression because we expect ourselves to attain perfection? This is common among people who were considered “gifted” as children, writers, artists, public figures, and so many more. It’s because our society never gave us permission to fail, to learn from not… Read More Soothing Sunday: Give yourself permission to suck.
I’ve had a frustrating realization, and I decided to share it with everyone here. My reason for it isn’t to garner sympathy, but to show how I use the skills I write about. This post may be long, and I’ll put a TRIGGER WARNING here that I’m going to be discussing the ways depression and… Read More Freeform Friday: My battle with depression
I’ve talked in several previous posts about how to get things done. I’ve gone over using small goals, using lists, and scheduling. Today, we’re going to talk about clearing your schedule.
I do advise against doing this in the Hannibal Lecter sense. It wouldn’t work well with what I’m suggesting. Have you ever noticed that something different happens when we invite a friend for dinner? (Dinner, not a bowl of soup or a fast sandwich.) We may tidy up a bit, we put thought and care… Read More Soothing Sunday: Have a Friend for Dinner
Being able to defuse stress in your muscles is a great way to self-soothe. Even though we’re not able to reach every part of our bodies, there are ways we can use self-massage to reduce tension. Some of the benefits of this practice include renewed energy, better sleep, and even fewer headaches.
We can probably name three things we find uncomfortable without even thinking. What about three things that feel good?