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Changing your mind: Becoming a child again. Thursday November 27, 2014

For my fourth blog on Mindfulness I am going to talk about a silly technique that I find helps to settle me if I am going somewhere and I start to get anxious.

When my kids were little we used to play a game on car journeys. We would look at the letters on the number plates of passing cars and try and make phrases out of them. They did not have to make sense but the funnier they could be the better. So for example DFB would be Donkeys Fart Better, GCU could be Golden Coloured Unicorns and so on.

When I am starting to get tense just focussing on thinking up silly phrases helps to stop the thoughts running around my head and gives me a few seconds breathing space.

Maybe you have silly games like this that you played as a kid, try doing them again as an adult. But if you don't have kids with you I would recommend doing them just in your head!!

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Di Murphey Thu, Nov 27th 2014 @ 4:23am

Dearest Penny ~
The child in me adores this idea ~ for myself! For years, we played many games in the car and it turned into a great memory. Thank you, from my heart.
Di Murphey

Anonymous Thu, Nov 27th 2014 @ 9:21am

A great idea, thank you Penny! We used to do this too, but I never thought to do it when I'm anxious! Just showed it to my daughter and told her to use it next week when she starts a new job!

Anonymous Thu, Nov 27th 2014 @ 10:49am

I don't have games like this that I play, but I relate to the idea of becoming a child again when anxious. When I'm feeling anxious or worried about something I will often speak to myself as if I'm speaking to a small child - reassuring her, calming her down, asking her what she's frightened of, etc, and generally being very kind and gentle and patient and calming. I have learnt to do this through therapy, and it helps me hugely.

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