Welcome back to another episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast. Today I want to talk to you about a question that recently was asked by one of my awesome Instagram followers. This person asked me "Kimberley, how do I relax and be self-compassionate when I suddenly find myself with extra time on my hands?" This is such a fantastic question and a really timely one as well. So today we are going to discuss the skill of sitting still. Ask yourselves "When was the last time you allowed yourself to sit still?" and "When was the last time you allowed the discomfort you may be feeling to just be there?"
Maybe you are thinking to yourselves that you have done nothing but sit still since COVID began, but even if this is true when was the last time you sat still and created space for your emotions to rise and fall? When was the last time you allowed yourself to experience your emotions and feelings without judgment? This is key. You may have been sitting still, but you may have been judging yourself at the same time. True restoration begins when you allow those emotions and feelings to be there without judgment. Are you resisting, pushing away, avoiding, or judging? Or are you willingly allowing yourself to feel all of the feelings? Often when we are stressed, we try to busy ourselves. This is usually an attempt to not feel the discomfort. Ask yourself, are my actions effective in the long term? Resisting, avoiding, and distraction may feel helpful in the short term, but is it really effective for the long term? I invite you to slow down and gently and compassionately make space for the present moment. You may not feel an overwhelming sense of calm and that is OK. Your self-compassion is not done to remove your discomfort, it is done to soothe the discomfort. I am asking you to try slowing down. To schedule time to just be still. Allow the discomfort and the quiet. Make space for all of your feelings and emotions as they rise and fall.
I hope this was helpful and I hope that you remember to be kind and gentle with yourself.
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