Monday, October 24, 2011

A New Road to Relaxation

The workbook I've been going through has shed some light on why it has been so difficult to focus during my relaxation techniques. The book actually recommends teaching your brain to focus outwardly and to see the world, for times, absent of judgement, the whole Attention & Interpretation Therapy (AIT) thing. The book says that once you have gotten the hang of these skills that moving into meditations or other relaxation techniques will be a natural next step.

Now I've already incorporated relaxation into my daily life along with exercise but, as you may already know, it has been tough to focus the right amount. Either I get super relaxed and fall asleep or can't clear my mind long enough to stay focused on the relaxation. I'm not quite sure what the best way to move forward is.

On the one hand I could stop doing the relaxation stuff until I've had a chance to really put myself through the AIT stuff - basically replacing relaxation with AIT. Otherwise I could just continue practicing the relaxation stuff and start working on the AIT as the new add on. I imagine as the AIT begins to help me my relaxation techniques will improve right along too. I'm leaning towards this option. I don't want to have to reestablish my routine of relaxation time if allow it to stop.

What do you think?


  1. I think a hobby would give you something to focus on, and can be very relaxing! Have you ever thought about beading? or something like that??? It's fun, relaxing, and demands all of your attention.

  2. Hi! I'm a new follower/blogger - and just wanted to connect. I agree with you on the relaxation technique-very hard to find the right amount. I look forward to hearing more about AIT. Hope you'll stop by and visit my new migraine blog! We have a lot in common!

  3. Della, I think you are so right. I actually used to bead and would love to get back into it.

    Mimi, welcome! I'm so glad to have you and as soon as I'm done here I'll be headed to your blog.