The Coping Kete

No. 7 – Letting My Surroundings In

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

I will practice using mindful awareness to silently observe and describe my surroundings to myself in neutral and accepting terms.

I will start out by describing the elements of the situation or my thoughts that I find distressing.

Then I will observe and describe other elements of my immediate environment to yourself.

I will try to ensure my body posture and eye gaze allow for me to take in my surroundings – I will sit/stand up straight and open my posture, look around me and widen my focus. We so often turn ourselves into closed systems when we are distressed.

I will simply observe and describe, but try not to make judgements about my observations.

When I notice that I have made a judgement, I will observe and describe it to myself and then turn my attention back to something around me.

When I am comfortable observing my surroundings and bringing my thoughts back to that task, I will add ‘Mindfully Observing my Surroundings’ to my Personal Coping Kete as a distraction strategy for moments of distress.

One Thought on “No. 7 – Letting My Surroundings In

  1. This one I find really powerful. It turns my attention outside of myself and my thoughts about an isolated moment or set of interpretations and into a wider reality. I find it calming. It has taken a lot of practice to get a handle on what it really means to let things pass without judgement though, to let things be as they are with acceptance and move on. It’s like a little letting go. Liberating.

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