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FIRST AID: The Duct Tape of Emotional Problem Solving

May 20, 2011

Some days, weeks, and even months it really feels as if everything is going along perfectly.  And then…  KABOOM!  It feels like everything has gone horribly wrong.  When those bad days hit you need some quick first-aid.  First aid is just that – first.  It’s purpose is to take care of immediate issues so that long term healing can take place.  Duct tape is well known as being the fix-it-all band-aid in the practical world.  But what about duct tape for the soul?  When you feel as if you’ve woken up on the wrong side of life and aren’t allowed to go back to sleep, try these quick tips:

1 – Do a word puzzle or brainteaser.  As fast as you can.  Scientific studies prove that “speeding up” your brain processes makes you feel better.  Really.

2 – Say out loud, “If this was in a sitcom, it would be really hilarious.”  Inserting just an iota of space between your perceived situation and your thoughts about that situation will give you more of a feeling of control and perspective over things.

3 – Hum a tune.  Yes, hum.  You can hum a song that you know or make up some random concoction of notes.  It doesn’t matter.  The focus required to hum purposefully will automatically relax your “over-thinking” brain and the breathing required to maintain the humming notes will relax your physical body.  The combination of the two will help you to feel more empowered.

Wishing you room to breathe, a.

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