That one day where nothing - absolutely nothing - goes right.
In such situations, we each have our own way of calming down. Music, writing, comfort foods, punching a pillow, and talking it out are a few ways that are effective for many people.
When my mind is uneasy and my heart feels heavy, most of the time I don't know the reason. At first I try to think why: Did I do something wrong? Did I disobey my instinct? If I find the answer, I try to fix it to the best of my ability. If I don't, the guilt continues to eat me. Even though the answer may seem a bit unclear to me, I do my best to pursue it.
After all, a doubt-filled life is a worry-filled mind.
If I find that brooding over my day's actions yields no answer to my restlessness, I let go. Now, you might be thinking that it's easier for a thirteen-year-old to let go than it is for an adult. I won't deny the fact that we both have different situations to deal with, but I will say that it can be as easy. We all have the youth inside of us. Leo Rosten says,
"O, to be sure, we laugh less and play less and wear uncomfortable disguises like adults, but beneath the costume is the child we always are, whose needs are simple, whose daily life is still best described by fairy tales."
Letting go should be as simple as you can make it. If you can't find the answer, (which happens to me quite often), then try this technique:
- Close your eyes
- Imagine a white, open space
- Think of one word that soothes your nerves
- Visualize it
I find that this method always works for me. Not everyone is the same, so it doesn't work for all. However, I do hope that this approach to relaxation inspires you for your own!
There are also many apps made especially for relaxation. I use 'Relax Melodies' which is available for iPhone/iPod Touch and Android for free. (Sorry if that sounds like an advertisement, it's just a suggestion)
Use the wings that never die.