Scripps Ranch and Bankers Hill Therapist Sara Cole.
Hi again. Today I posted a new recording in the quick tips section of my website. It is only about 6 minutes but it is one of my favorites to practice. I finding it deeply relaxing and centering. I hope you have the chance to check it out and let me know what you think of it. In working with people experiencing high levels of anxiety it becomes so clear that not all anxiety is the same, just as not all people are the same. That is why I am so happy to be finding new relaxation and grounding exercises all the time. I am even more excited to share them and see the change they can bring to people who are struggling. Sometimes anxiety or stress are temporary and for some it seems like they become a way of life. The good news is that it doesn't have to be that way. There are things you can do to get control of stress and anxiety. I hope this is a useful tool for some of you. You can link to the guided meditation here relax_white_light__1_.wav
Having a two year old in my life has reminded me of how wondrous the world can be.
Seeing “everyday” things through her eyes awakens my own creativity and curiosity. Even though I know the science behind rainbows, bubbles, smoke, fire and stars and clouds and snowflakes, they are once again magical. This “magic” has helped me to focus on the small things and take the time to appreciate them more.
Stopping to watch a bird fly or chasing raindrops with my daughter has become a small gift. These moments are the gifts I want to hold onto and take out again years from now when she doesn’t need me as much and those treasured mama moments are less plentiful.
Where can you find a bit of magic in your day? Look for it and take the time to imagine you are seeing it through the eyes of a toddler. These are the moments when peace is allowed to seep in through the cracks between, the everyday, the to-do list and the auto pilot. Take a breath. Close your eyes and think of something for which you are grateful. Take a breath, appreciate the magic and then go on with your day. But maybe keep that moment and that sensation with you for when you may need it again sometime.
To Learn More About Mindfulness, Parenting or Stress Reduction Contact Sara with the link below.
Sara Cole has been providing mental health services in San Diego for 15 years. Sara specializes in working with women and teen girls to overcome trauma and major life changes, including postpartum depression and anxiety. She is also passionate about providing treatment to those whose lives are affected by the addiction of a loved one.