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Leslie Perryman • November 1, 2017
Progressive Relaxation Exercise by Catherine Wikholm
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1. Progressive Relaxation Exercise
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Progressive muscle relaxation is a technique that enables you to effectively relax your mind and body through systematically tensing and relaxing muscle groups. During this exercise Dr. Catherine will ask you to tense each muscle group in turn for about five seconds, before releasing. You can do this exercise at any point during the day, but it’s a great one to do in bed, especially if you are aware you are feeling a little tense and struggling to relax.
2. Celebrate Your Achievements
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The most important part of achieving your goals is taking time to experience a sense of fulfillment. In this session, Alister will discuss the significance of celebrating our wins and rewarding our efforts. He will guide you through a meditation and self reflection writing task to consolidate key learnings.
3. Build Resilience and Willpower
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Willpower and resilience are both key to success. There will be points in life when you are working towards a goal and you will feel empty, overwhelmed and overworked. At points you will self-doubt and procrastination due to worry. In this session, Alister will lead you through a guided meditation that will help galvanize your inner-strength.
4. Execute Through Action
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Taking action is key in moving forward towards reaching our goals. Once we know our objective and have a plan in place, its time to start executing through consistent actions. The key is to ensure we set ourselves up for success by removing distractions and are aware of any tendencies we may have towards procrastination. In this session Alister will lead you through a short writing task to inspire you to stay motivated with the implementation of your plans.
5. Plan For Greatness
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Creating a plan of action is a key ingredient in any form of success, whatever that may look like to you. Once we are clear on what we would like to achieve, we can reverse engineer the process, and create a plan of actionable steps that will take us closer to our desired outcome. In this exercise, Alister will help you create your own personal "success path" through visualization and a self reflective writing task.
6. Strengthen Your Self-Belief
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It’s not uncommon for us to doubt our own abilities, to fear the future and to question “am I good enough?”. We may spend countless hours comparing and self-judging, focusing on the things we don’t have and we can’t do, while forgetting to acknowledge all the things that we do have and all the things we can do! In today's exercise we will focus on cultivating a stronger sense of self-belief. We’re going to take a little time to celebrate our greatness, to reflect on our accomplishments and to remind ourselves of what we are capable of when we set our mind to it.
7. Confident Communication
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Not feeling properly heard and understood by other is a common trigger for stress, and can leave us resentful and unhappy. This session will focus on improving communication skills through developing assertiveness. Dr. Catherine will introduce you a script that you can try out using to help you to communicate more assertively and express your feelings effectively.
8. Manage Stressful Relationships
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The relationships we have with other people can be a major source of stress in daily life. In this session Dr. Catherine will guide you through an exercise on how we can establish healthier boundaries with people who cause us stress and limit the way in which these interactions contribute to our stress levels. The exercise will be mainly focusing on your personal relationships as opposed to your professional ones.
9. Positive Self Talk
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Stress can often make you focus on your perceived weaknesses and flaws. When you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, it’s common to end up criticising and blaming yourself. A way of building up our resilience to stress is to learn to recognise your negative thought patterns and actively work to refocus your mind. In this exercise, we will use the technique of positive self-talk. I will help you to identify some of your key personal qualities and strengths. All you need for this exercise is a pen and paper.
10. How to Switch off the Mind
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Sleep is when our body recovers and does the majority of our emotional processing. However when we are stressed, it is often very difficult to fall asleep. Stress and anxiety cause us to feel physically tense and our minds may race with thoughts and worries. In this session, Dr. Catherine will lead you through a guided Imagery exercise to switch off the mind.
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