This is a little tool for those of us who wake up with what I call ’runaway mind.’ Minds that go from zero to 120 in the heartbeat that it takes to start the waking process…that precious time when you go from dream to almost eyes open. When everything that awaits your attention in the next 16 hours is all talking at once, making even one more moment of rest impossible.
As soon as you become aware of your runaway mind, say to yourself “I am safe.”
Repeat this message to yourself a few times. You will easily replace the nonstop clamor by acknowledging and naming everything that represents being safe to you in that moment. Things like “I am comfortable in this bed. I have a roof over my head. I have plenty of food. I am warm. I am loved. I have enough. I AM enough. I have shelter. I have electricity. My phone works. I have water. I can see. I can hear. I can walk. I can choose to be still and rest for another moment. There is plenty of time to do everything that really needs to be done.I choose to feel safe. I am safe.”
You may enjoy taking slow, deep breaths as you go through your own list. Inhale and exhale with the words “I am safe.”
Lately I’ve been practicing this self-talk technique each time I wake up with runaway mind. I find that it makes all the difference between having a panicked lack of focus with which to start my day and being calm and more centered so I am clear on how to approach my day. I don’t need to rush to get out of bed already feeling behind in my day. I can pause for a moment to regroup. This is a quick and easy way to take charge of your mind. And what’s nice is that with practice, I am now noticing more quickly when my mind starts to take off, and my mind is trying to do the runaway thing less often. Yay!
I am safe. And I’d love to hear how this works for you when you try it.
Questions? I’m here. Terry@FromStressedToCalm.com