Waking up was a rough patch this morning, I felt a pressure on my body that I was starting to get used to. It was like the gods were wanting me to show how angry I could get today. Though thus far I have illuded the idea of anger, but at the same time, I want to give into it. There has been little feel that I could ever change the way that I want to.
I stared the day with a morning stretch and looked down upon the bed where my sleeping wife lied. I smiled and looked at the clock. I rushed into my son’s room and with enough time too, to get him off to school. Waking in the nick of time, he took his medicine and drank a glass of water, then headed to the bus which picked him up right in front of our home.
I sat down and began my day with some meditation music and focused on my home base, the breath that tingles the back of my throat when I breath in deep. Awakened by the sounds of rain as the meditation of the day passed through, the ten-minute exercise was making me feel like I can accomplish anything and that I am strong enough to handle it, upon other things and feelings.
Yet still, as the morning passes on, I found myself growing in anger where my wife (who works from home and sits near me) had to come out yelling our safe word to make me realize where I was heading. Yet still, the anger rose inside of me while writing emails to a company about our furniture. I wrote angerly until they called and gave them a horrid review and let others know not to shop with them. Despite all that, I wallowed in the grief and anger that things were not done my way, or on a timely manner, it seemed to me that they were not wanting to take my order, though now figured out and all is well… I still will not send people to them.
Here again I called upon my skills that I have learned over the past couple weeks, I began to focus my breathing, relax my body, focused on the idea that I am enough. I relaxed my shoulders, felt my arms, hands, and all the way to my feet. I felt the tingling sensation all the way through and once I reached a happy point, I opened my eyes and felt majorly better, felt more like myself.
I fully recommend meditation and have a list of apps that are free or cost very little depending if you are apple or android:
a. Manage stress by learning and practicing deep-breathing exercises
a. Take self-assessments and learn more about topics like PTSD, anger, depression, and more
3) PTSD COACHJ
a. PTSD Support
And the best one that I can recommend for Android is CALM.
It cost a subscription fee of $70 a year, but thus far I am finding it majorly worth it.
I don’t mean to promote these things, but they work and I am more amazed than ever before, I used to hate on those who did meditation because I thought that it was fake and not useful in anyway. Now I think and believe differently, I am a full supporter of meditation, guided now, that is what I prefer, but the apps above that I have mentioned, I do not know if there are any costs to them, but please check it out.
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