Be Bold is a mantra that reflects the courage it takes to continue to fully participate in life. It challenges us to to step up on the days when our minds want to step away. In working with clients I talk about using A BOLD approach. This stands for Awareness, Breathing, taking Ownership, Letting go and Doing.
if you are curious and would like to learn more about this approach you are welcome to follow my new few posts and try the experience.
Let's start with A. A is for awareness, the first step in taking A BOLD approach.
Step one in Awareness is about noticing, now, with no judgement, just observation. Awareness of emotions, of thoughts, of our environment, and of our bodies. Take a moment right now. Can you notice what you are feeling, what you are thinking? Can you identify where in your body your thoughts and feelings are? What colour are they, what shape are they?
Irritation for me is round, green and spikey. It takes over about two thirds of my body, and fights for full control. Contentment is light and pale, and at times lacks substance.
As you increase your awareness one of the things you may notice are patterns. How certain people make you feel. What day of the week you are happiest, most connected, bravest, or most sad. At what time of the day are you most alive, most energetic, need a nap, or need to talk? There is no right or wrong to your observations, just increased awareness.
* My aim is for these posts is meant to useful, interesting and/or inspiring. They are not designed to be used for therapy.. If you are experiencing stress please contact your GP or mental health professional.
Kim Dunn is a Child Psychologist and Founder of Positive Young Minds.