K is for Kit
Sometimes having the right kit is paramount to safety – think about abseiling for example. However, often, especially if you have perfectionist tendencies, you believe that you need to have the right kit before making a start on something, never mind progress.
When it comes to Wellbeing it’s important to understand, that unless something could genuinely be damaging to do without the right kit, you can use anything to make a start. Once you get into your groove, you may choose to invest in something you would consider “specialist kit,” but you often really don’t have to – and especially not if it stops you from taking action!
Wellbeing kit is anything that helps you find balance in your body, mind and spirit. So you might think about getting a book on wellbeing. You don’t have to buy a book, you could borrow one from the library – many local libraries offer a free online loan service – or, you could play one of my favourite games…
1) Frame a question to which the answer would help your wellbeing here and now. These kinds of questions tend to work better if they’re “open to interpretation,” by which I mean avoid asking a question to which the answer could only be a “yes” or “no.”
2) If you have a bookshelf, head to it. If you have a newspaper or magazine (new or old) find it. As you stand or sit in front of your resources (e.g. bookshelf or computer) close your eyes, do a few deep breaths to calm yourself inside, and ask yourself the question you would like answered.
3) Keeping a soft focus, trusting yourself to connect with helpful information, gently open your eyes and reach out to a book you are drawn to. (Remember soft focus, so don’t ask yourself anything else at this point, nor start logically thinking if this book is the right one for you.)
4) Ask yourself the question again and open the book at any page and start reading. You may read a paragraph, a page, or a whole chapter; just remember that what you’re reading can help you answer or develop your question in some way.
5) If you don’t immediately see how what you’re reading helps answer the question, then take some time to percolate what you’ve read. You might find it useful to journal, or go out out for a walk, or ponder while you cook dinner. Let your answer be revealed to you.
This could be a more challenging technique for you. We’re all so used to thinking that there is “one right answer!” This is about developing your creativity in ways that engages your mind and helps you relax too. When we are relaxed our wellbeing works even better and we’re able to think more clearly. Enjoy!
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