This morning I took Noah for his Flu Immunisation. It was lovely to spend a little extra time with him in the morning before we both began our day. We sat in the waiting room and talked about what we were going to do over the weekend.
When we went in to see the nurse Noah was really relaxed. He sat on my knee. Because he is only 3 he doesn’t have the immunisation through an injection, it was a nasal spray. Neither of us knew what to expect. He sat quietly whilst the nurse squirted it up his nose and when she had finished he cheerfully gave me a high 5. Perfect.
It got me thinking about the approach that most of us have to medical appointments. As we sat and looked round the waiting room I saw others looking tense and anxious. Of course when you are at the Doctors you never know what others may be facing but often visits to the GP are pain free and nothing to worry about at all.
What ever you are facing in your appointment tension and anxiety do you no good. It wastes nervous energy, prevents us from communicating as we would like, and if we do have to have any sort of procedure, tense muscles will only make it worse.
Learning to relax in this circumstance is a real and practical advantage. There are many different ways to achieve relaxation in this sort of situation.
Getting into a conversation as Noah and I did can be a great way to relax, but only if you can keep your mind on the conversation. If you are really interested in the person you are talking to you then maybe you can give them all of your attention rather than waisting your energy on worry.
If your mind is racing and you can’t chat, or you simply have no one to talk to then try this simple meditation…
Sit up straight in your chair. Lower your eyes to the floor.
Put all of your attention on your feet, notice any sensations, feel the warmth of your attention relax that area of your body.
Then put all of your attention on your legs. Again feel your attention soak your legs in relaxation. Notice any sensations.
Then move to your torso. Pay the same attention here. Noticing any discomfort and then feeling your warm attention relieve and relax your muscles.
Then do the same with your arms and hands before moving onto your head.
Then hold the whole of your body in your attention and feel the warmth of your attention bring relaxation.
I love this exercise because you can do it at any speed and in any location. The more often you do it the better you will get at it. You will feel the sense of relaxation more quickly each time you try it. Have a go now, wherever you are.
Come on a Revitalise Day to experience more relaxation exercises that will set you up for whatever life has to throw at you.