The Coping Kete

No. 57: That Was Then & This Is Now

This week, to attain, maintain or regain my sense of wellbeing…

….when I notice my mind wandering over the past, I will practice bringing myself back to the present by regularly pausing to describe each of the elements of my environment in the present moment.

I will use the standard breathing exercise to send my body calming messages, while I look around my current environment and observe what is happening around me right now.

Once I am familiar with recalling myself to the present moment in everyday situations, I will add it to my Personal Coping Kete as a way of distracting myself from distressing memories and recollections. When my mind wanders back onto the memories, I will give myself compassion for the distress that the event originally caused and then move my awareness back to the current moment, in which I am safe.

For example, I could say to myself “it’s natural to be remembering that now. That was then, and this is now, right now I am in a room at the computer….[describe the room] … and I am safe.”

I will be kind to myself with my self-talk when these remembrances occur. Especially, I will give myself the kindness of bringing myself back to the present when I need it.

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