What is (really) in my control?

Self Care

October 13, 2022

Anyone else thinking about this??

With all that is going on in the world, and in this age of instant information access and excessive media, I am trying to get really concrete about what is (and is not) in my control.

  • Check in with myself before and after high stress situations.
  • Notice if I am hungry, angry, lonely, or tired and H.A.L.T. before I do something I will regret.
  • Take 10 seconds to regulate my nervous system with a deep breath, shoulder drop, head scratch, or posture shift.
  • Apologize and repair when I mess up.

The brain develops patterns when we are chronically stressed that can be hard to break out of. Help your brain and body shift.

You are not alone.
  • Notice and name my feelings.
  • Get some physical activity to relieve some stress.
  • Grieve.
  • Pray.
  • Notice my self-talk.
  • Respond to myself like a wise friend instead of a harsh critic.
  • Ask for a hug or get a good snuggle.
  • Practice gratitude.
  • Limit social media intake and negativity.
  • Reach out for help when I am feeling down.

Breathe in deeply.

Breathe out slowly.

Let the corners of your mouth turn up in a gentle smile

  • I will focus on what is in my control. 
  • I am strong and capable.
  • I can change my brain.
  • I am not alone.

Choose one thing you CAN control today to nurture your brain.

I’m so glad we’re in this together!

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