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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 06:51 PM

8. You know the routines

Breathing - even regular; not too deep and not too shallow and fast

Relaxation - take it body area at a time if you can't manage it all over; shake one hand, let it fall, jiggle your shoulders let them drop. If questioned be honest say you are feeling really tense but, if you like make an excuse like you are meeting somebody new.

Bring on the beauty - think of a lovely piece of music, an attractive person, a lovely view (think DemoTex's firewatch photos a butterfly, a kitten) a favourite poem.

No need to do it all at once or even in that order, just identify the stress indicators, shut them down and don't worry if it doesn't work immediately.

Once you are a bit more calm, try to identify the triggers - a good place to start is the lighting, I find fluorescent tubes that are just starting to fail have a barely perceptible flicker. Shadows are another trigger or a bad sound environment. It need not be any of these and you may not spot the trigger or triggers immediately or even after multiple visits, but one day you'll stop being affected by that environment anyway.

Come On!! You can do it!

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