Focus Away from the Pain
The power of the mind and its focus can be both a blessing or a curse. Without our conscious effort, we can become fixed on the “thoughts” that re-affirm the pain or discomfort we are having.
On the other hand, focusing on things that bring you joy, peace, and comfort help to tune out the thoughts that do not serve our well-being.
Turning our focus away from the pain is not the same as suppression or denial. It is a way to help us cope when we start to feel overwhelmed. It empowers us to shift gears for that moment.
Grab your piece of paper, notebook, or journal and your favorite pen.
Sit comfortably. Firmly place both feet on the floor. Take 3 natural breaths.
Now, take a deep belly breath.
(where you fill your belly with air and feel the exhale travel up from the belly, past your lungs, and out of your mouth).
Write 7 things that would help support you when you are feeling overwhelmed. Things that bring you comfort, peace, joy, or support.
- Going for a walk
- Watching a funny video
- Petting your fur baby
- Writing in your journal
- Watching/listening to a “mindful minute”
- Looking at a picture of a loved one (mine is my grandbaby)
- Sitting in the sun (if possible)
Now, write three things you can do to get grounded.
- Touch each of your fingers with your thumb
- Count the number of pictures on the wall
- Firmly plant your feet. Try to push them through the floor.
What are some other activities or practices you could learn or use to help you re-focus? Are there any barriers? How might you start to breakdown some of those barriers?