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It's nearly over!

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I hope that you have weathered the storm as well as possible over this exam period.  Depending on which educational stage your student is at you are probably nearly at the end of this incredibly trying time.  Hopefully you were able to use the breathing technique from the previous blog to help you through.  Now is the time for a little self care.  You will probably have residual stress which can take a little while to settle down.  Might I suggest consciously doing something relaxing, think candles, deep sweet smelling baths and maybe a relaxing walk or film with a good friend. These things will start to replenish your energy after the last few months of background worry.

Now here is an exercise to try and shrink the worry about the results down to a manageable level so that you can actually enjoy the sunshine when it returns.  Imagine yourself into a wonderful picture of you at your happiest, looking good, laughing, maybe add friends, music and good food and wine - your choice.  Make this into a big bright picture.  Now I want you to think of another picture of the stressed family, tired, grumpy etc.  Make that picture one that you can imagine.  Now I want you to imagine that these pictures are on an ipad.  Whenever the negative picture or thought comes up, notice it, then make it into a picture on the ipad and put a cross through it saying NO! and then immediately swipe to your happy picture and smile.  As you smile you will release a little of the feel good hormone Endorphin and as you can't have a positive and a negative thought simultaneously you will begin to feel happier!  Simple!  All you need to do is use your imagination. Give it a go and have a stress free summer.  Happy Holiday.