Alayne Cummins. Psychologist
Have you been feeling “off” or not like yourself?
Have you struggled with feeling depressed or anxious?
Have you struggled with your body image or feelings about your eating behaviours?
If so, you are not alone and there are many others out there who experience similar feelings.
It can be hard to deal with these difficulties alone, but you don’t have to!
Getting support can be so helpful.
Here are some tips to help you start to feel a bit better:
1. Notice, name and acknowledge your feelings and reactions.
When we push down what we are feeling, it’s like trying to hold in a cough. Usually you hold it in and it gets stronger until it bursts out in a coughing explosion. When a feeling or reaction arises, we can say to ourselves: ‘I notice that I am feeling stressed, my body is telling me that through feeling hot and my heart racing.’
2. Sit with that feeling without trying to make yourself feel bad about it.
You can do this by saying ‘It’s been a hard day and I'm feeling upset, but that’s okay and this will pass’. Try to let the feeling wash over you.
Each and every day that you try to notice your feelings and thoughts, helps you gain a better understanding of yourself.
Self knowledge is so powerful in improving your mental health.
Book in a session with Alayne to learn more about mindfulness and how to incorporate it into your life.