What are some of your best ‘in the moment’ strategies… Sometimes I realise mid-feeling, mid-sentence, that I am being reactive, feeling overwhelmed & letting my emotions get the better of me. I catch myself out, but what’s the best way to ‘reset’ in the moment, on the run, at my desk, mid-conversation. Deep breaths? A mantra? An image… Any suggestions / ideas / what’s worked for you / others would be super…
WHAT’S YOUR RESET BUTTON?
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First, self compassion. Always noticing the overwhelm/reaction with kindness.
Then RELEASE AND RESET.
Release may be an apology, it may be a breath, it may be to step outside – but it is important to release before you reset your intention.
It is good that you are noticing you are being reactive in the moment, rather than always after the fact.
A practice that I know has made me far less reactive and works for many clients is daily release and intention setting. Throughout the day between every activity you take just a few seconds to release the last activity and set your intention for the next. We carry so much tension throughout the day, rushing from one task to the next, this drains energy and when tired we all tend to be far more reactive.
I do this in the morning, wake up and set intention to go to the gym and just enjoy training, no thinking about other things. Then after gym in the car, release gym energy, set intention to be with my family and connect. Then after dropping the kids off release that energy and set my intention for my first meeting/task/email/session…
Release for me is a deep breath.
When I say set intention it is simple, you just take a moment to consider what you are about to do next and decide how you want to be thinking and feeling as you do that task/engage in that meeting etc. e.g. I want to be thinking clearly and feeling focused and efficient or I want to be relaxed and attentive.
Give it a try and let me know here how you find it – I find it energising, keeps me focused and far less reactive.