“The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.”
― Jules Renard
Welcome to my third installment, to the series “Tame The Beast”. In this series I am sharing some of the coping mechanisms, that I found to be useful on my journey with chronic migraine.
Calm is an app that can be download to your cell phone, and has some striking differences, compared to other mediation apps I have seen. First it does offer guided mediation, for several different areas in your life. But not just your life, there are guided mediations for children as well.
- 7 Days of Calm
- Mindfulness at Work
- 7 Days of Sleep
- 7 Days of Calming Anxiety
- Deep Sleep Release
- 7 Days of Managing Stress
- Relationship with Self Series
- 7 Days of Self-Esteem
- Winnie the Pooh Series
- Calm Kids
- And many, many more!
There are several different pieces of music that you can choose from for self mediation. They use a lot of nature melodies, which I find extremely relaxing. On first opening the app, it starts playing sounds of drifting water, birds calling, insects chirping and the peep of little frogs. When I find myself feeling anxious, I will open the app and just listen to this for a while. Paying attention to my breathing and any tension I may be holding, if I find tension I focus on releasing it. This is where my biofeedback training is so very helpful!
Another wonderful feature of Calm, is their bedtime stories! Yep, that’s right bedtime stories. For adults and children, they are simply amazing! The readers have the perfect seductive, relaxing voices. Get your mind out of the gutter, they are not those kind of stories. That is the best description I could think of, there voices draw you in, making you feel so relaxed, you’d think you had just stepped out of a day spa! The children’s stories are just as amazing, there are some for nap time and others for bedtime.
I absolutely adore Calm, it is well worth the price I paid for it. When I have a migraine attack, I often get anxiety. Having another tool to use to tame the beast is always a good thing, you can never have too many! Being prone to panic attacks, I like to be able to nip them in bud, before they become full-blown. Calm helps me with that, it really is an amazing app, totally different from anything I’ve seen before. I still like Headspace for guided Mindfulness Mediation, and will continue working with that. But Calm is my go to, well, when I need to be Calm, and tame the beast!
“If it comes, let it come. If it goes, it’s ok, let it go. Let things come and go. Stay calm, don’t let anything disturb your peace, and carry on.”
― Germany Kent
Live with hope,
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