Soothing Manoeuvers

soothing manoeuvers #10 – poetry

Poetry can be a soothing balm for chaotic times. It can be hopeful without being glib. And can be like a hymn in praise of so many things that fill us with gratitude.
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soothing manoeuvers #9 – play

Beyond hobbies, physical activity and relaxation activities, there is still an important place, in even the most grown-up life, for play!
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soothing manoeuvers #8 – mind body mirror

A non-traditional, stress-calming activity, Mind Body Mirror uses movement to mirror the mind and to invite an embodied sense of calm.
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soothing manoeuvers #7 – the brush off

Giving yourself a brush off can be a ritual of dusting off what we may not need to carry. To clear things up and give us space.
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soothing manoeuvers #6 – repetition

Repetition can be a quieting lullaby for the restless child in each one of us.
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soothing manoeuvers #5 – move

Our first learning experiences involve all of our senses and we can continue to use our senses with awareness and intention.
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soothing manoeuvers #4 – a Jann Arden moment

This 30 second lyrical, Jann Arden-inspired soothing manoeuver is one of my go-to calming activities.
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soothing manoeuvers #3 – capture a moment

Act as if your eyes were cameras. With focus, distractions fall away and you may notice how much calmer your breath, mind and body become.
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soothing manoeuvers #2 – balance

Balance builds courage! It can be done almost anywhere and is a nice change for those who prefer activity over stillness.  
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soothing manoeuvers #1 – cocooning

Cocooning can be any relaxing, enveloping action that can calm chaos, soothe jangled nerves and settle breath, body and mind. Even a few moments of cocooning can settle an overwhelmed nervous system.  
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