Sometimes, we all find ourselves in moments of worry, nervousness, and unease. Such feelings interfere with our daily lives and cause us to experience distress and loss a sense of control.
People often benefit from the use of these 5 simple steps. These strategies are generally helpful for individuals experiencing symptoms of trauma and stress, so keep these in mind the next time you feel a little on edge.
Take a pause from what you are doing and slow down. Slow down the way you walk, slow down the speed of your speech, slow down your eating pace, etc. Try slowing down whatever you are doing and notice what do you experience.
Connect with your body
Try changing your postures, the way you are sitting or standing. Perhaps bring your awareness to your breath. You can try moving your joints too. How does connecting with your body make you feel?
Gently allow your eyes to look around. Spot for things that are in your favourite colours! Take a visual break and look for things that bring comfort to your eyes. And as you do that, what do you experience in your body?
Identify a point of comfort and discomfort within yourself. Allow yourself to shift between points of discomfort and comfort. Try it, bring your attention to comfort then slowly bring your attention to discomfort, thereafter, shift your attention slowly back to comfort again. [comfort – discomfort – comfort]
Socialising with friends and family can sometimes ease discomfort. It will help you foster laughter and combat your aloneness.
We like to hear you out. Let us know whether the SCOPE tool works for you or not works for you. Get connected with us by talking to our therapists at Soulmatics. Let us journey with you through some of the challenges you are experiencing in your life. You can get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp us at +65 8851 0439
Somatic Experiencing International (2020). SCOPE.