Words of Support and Encouragement: 10 Minute Stress Releasing Exercise


flower-spores-1003593-gaGood morning!  I hope that you had a great weekend!  This month, we have devoted a lot of time to evolving, growing, and reacting positively to change.  One area, our worrying mind, can be particularly challenging to work with.  While focusing so intensely on trying to conceive, it can sometimes feel like there is little time for anything else in you day.  You may have a challenging time focusing at work, organizing your thoughts, and quieting your mind enough to fall asleep at night.  This week, I would like you to try a quick ten minute exercise, designed to minimize the amount of time you devote to the worry surrounding your fertility.
For this exercise, I would like you to set the timer on your phone for 10 minutes.  During this ten minutes, sit down with a pen and paper, and work through all of the challenging worries you have surrounding your fertility.  You can write it down or draw it out if you would like, but you don’t have to.  The goal is to give your mind the permission to ‘let it all out’ for 10 minutes.  Let yourself get angry, sad, frustrated, and jealous.  Whatever you need to do – this is your time!  The deal is, though, that you have to stop when the timer goes off.  Once you hear the alarm, you must put down these thoughts, worries, and negative feelings until tomorrow.  Then, tomorrow, set the timer and give yourself the 10 minutes to work through and process all of these thoughts again.  Once you have tried this for a few days, you will begin to expect this ‘let it out’ period of time at the end of your day.  You will be able to say to yourself, ‘I don’t have to think about this right now, I can focus on work and come back to it later’.  If you need to start out with a period of time longer than 10 minutes, that is fine too.  Just don’t let it become too long.
Be kind to yourself during this exercise.  This is not intended to create a 10 minute span where you can beat yourself up.  This is a period of time carved out just for you, so that you can devote all of your energy to processing the very strong and challenging emotions surrounding your fertility.  It is also important to note that your thoughts will creep in during the day and at night – that is normal.  We are just trying to honor these thoughts with a set time frame so that you are not ignoring them, but you are also not letting them run your day.
I hope that you enjoy this exercise, and please let me know how it goes!  We have many great yoga sessions for you this week, so be sure to check our CNY Healing Arts calendar!
Have a great week!