Hap­pi­ness is the “new nor­mal”

EADT Suffolk - - HAPPINESS IS THE ‘NEW NORMAL’ - Wendy Chalk is a Suf­folk­based clin­i­cal hyp­nother­a­pist. Find out more at lifechang­inghyp­nother­apy. co.uk. Con­tact her at wendy@ wendy­chalk.co.uk

in­structed to do’.

Much bet­ter to adopt a mid­dle way of think­ing – ac­knowl­edg­ing that we are in strange and dif­fi­cult times, but at the same time keep­ing a sen­si­ble aware­ness of risk. We do still need to act re­spon­si­bly, and to not put our­selves or oth­ers in dan­ger. Real life presents us with risks and the global cri­sis we’re all liv­ing through il­lus­trates this quite clearly. But most of us are also able to en­joy a safe, healthy and com­fort­able way of life most of the time. Yes, we do suf­fer from ill­ness and we ex­pe­ri­ence trauma, but this is bal­anced by pe­ri­ods of rel­a­tive sta­bil­ity and calm.

To achieve a calm, bal­anced state of mind you might like to try the fol­low­ing mini med­i­ta­tion.

Find a com­fort­able spot where you can sit or lie down, where you will not be dis­turbed for about ten min­utes. Spend a cou­ple of min­utes fo­cus­ing solely on your breath­ing.

Now imag­ine your­self walk­ing to­wards a beau­ti­ful place – any­where at all, a lovely beach, a tran­quil wood, a meadow of wild­flow­ers – where you find a won­der­fully com­fort­able chair to sit on. Make all the de­tails as vivid as you can. Sink down into that chair, re­ally be there, ex­pe­ri­ence the sights, sounds, even smells. Say to your­self ‘I am calm, peace­ful and safe’ three times slowly, then just con­tinue to re­lax for a while. It’s fine if you fall asleep.

Sim­ply by ac­knowl­edg­ing that we can­not al­ter the world around us but we can change how we feel and think, it’s pos­si­ble to achieve a new sense of hap­pi­ness and well­be­ing. That will be­come our new nor­mal. N #There­With­You

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