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Laurie Shopland

Certified Life & Weight Coach

Create a daily self-care practice.

We have thoughts that are “blocking” us – they are in essence, the root of our pain. But, rather than address them, we tend to avoid or resist them by searching for short term relief…in the forms of food, wine etc.
No one ever taught us about “self-care” for our brain before.

Create a daily self-care practice.

As part of my self-care practise – I get massages regularly.
I believe it is an important part of maintaining my overall health.

Last week’s massage was divine…but it also hurt a little.

You see, the RMT found a knot deep in my back that appeared to be the root of my problem.  It was the trigger point for the pain I had been feeling for a few days, so she needed to apply pressure in order to release the pain.

I needed to get uncomfortable in order to feel better!

The same thing happens in our brain.

We have thoughts that are “blocking” us – they are in essence, the root of our pain. But, rather than address them, we tend to avoid or resist them by searching for short term relief…in the forms of food, wine etc.

This method works for a while – until the dopamine hit from the food/wine wears off.

Then the mental “pain” returns, on top of feeling guilty and frustrated for “buffering” ourselves.

Many of us do this daily. It is on rinse and repeat.

But it isn’t our fault…it is how we have been taught to cope.
No one ever taught us about “self-care” for our brain before.

Until now.

So here is what I suggest.

Daily Self-Care for Your Brain

  • Step 1

Do a brain dump
Journal your thoughts on paper. Write everything down, without judgement.

  • Step 2

Observe your thoughts 
After writing everything down, just sit with it. Re-read what you wrote and notice where the pain point is. What thought is causing you discomfort?

  • Step 3

Get Curious
Once you identify the obstacle thought, ask yourself:
What if it was no longer true?
What if it didn’t have to be this way…what would you do?

These questions will feel like a deep tissue massage.

It may be hard at first, because you will be forced to look at things in a different way.

It will be uncomfortable.

But notice, by giving yourself permission to think differently, you will feel more in control.

You will feel like you have more options.

You will feel more relaxed.

It will be like a massage for your brain!

I encourage you to incorporate this exercise into your Self-Care practise to help support your mental and emotional health.

You won’t be disappointed!

Laurie

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