GRATITUDE FOR STRESS
People often think because, over the years as a holistic practitioner, stress management consultant and Reiki Master, I have successfully treated many clients, that I will be immune to the symptoms of stress. Sadly, this is not the case 😊
Life will often throw things at us which may temporarily derail us and that happens to me too. I am very fortunate in that over the years I have put together my very own toolbox of ways to handle this.
You may already know that back in January of this year I had an accident which resulted in a major leg injury and which meant that I was unable to offer all my relaxing treatments. Luckily I have had amazing support from therapists who have helped in many ways.
Yesterday, the universe threw me another curveball and threatened to throw me off course. So I thought I would let you know how I decided to deal with it.
First of all, I had a good cry. Yep. I know, how self-indulgent but it’s allowed (and it’s the reason you’ll always find boxes of tissues in my treatment room).
Then I gave myself a Reiki treatment to rebalance what had been thrown out of kilter. Then I “sat with it”. I often describe my energy treatments as being a little like a snow globe. Things may be a little shaken up temporarily but everything will settle into its proper place and all will be calm again.
The next step was to be grateful. Yes, you read that correctly. I have a gratitude box. It’s just an old box with a slot cut into the top of it. Every day, sometimes several times a day, I’ll write on a scrap of paper something I am grateful for. It may be something as small as finding a good parking space so that I didn’t have to walk too far with my dodgy leg (medical terminology 😄), sometimes it’s for the fact that I found my prescription sunglasses (which had hidden themselves under the car seat).
Yesterday, I was grateful for so many things :
For the fact that I have friends who readily support me.
For the fact that I learned that not everyone is honest.
For the fact that a negative event may show you strength you didn’t know you had.
For the fact that when the universe gives you something negative, it will also offer you the opportunity of a positive – whether you accept the positive is entirely up to you.
For the fact that sending love and light to those who mean you harm is a truly amazing experience.
Now, all of this has not made the “curve ball” disappear but it has helped to protect me from some of the effects which raised stressed levels cause.
Why not start your own Gratitude Box? On days when things feel overwhelming or just a bit miserable, look through it and remember all the amazingly positive gifts the universe has given you.
Sometimes it is a good thing not to dodge the curve ball but to catch it and take back control.
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