I made it to Day 10 and whew, was that letter writing prompt for today hard! Since today is about aha moments, and helpful techniques, I thought I'd briefly share & leave them out here for anyone who stumbles upon my posts. I just had an aha moment this morning that no doubt popped in my head thanks to all of my "Past Stresses & Events" journaling I've been doing. I was hunched over the sink almost waiting for the pain to come on when I said to myself, "Stand up! You are not a scared little girl anymore!" The thought was not at all forced or intentional, it just kind of popped up. I will be repeating it all day. It made me strong in that moment. As far as techniques, first, I saw a little blurb on Abigail Steidley's blog (which was linked in one of the SEP exercises) that resonated with me - "Talk to your pain like it is your three year old child." As a mom, that is a technique that I can totally relate to. In other words, hear it whine, listen to why it's whining, then tell it to go someplace else because you have something more important to do. A three year old shouldn't call the shots, you do! I have been coddling my pain, giving in to it and letting it dictate what I do. So, this is what I will be working on. I also use deep breathing for anxiety when I'm home, and mindful meditation for anxiety when I'm out. Just holding my head up & looking ahead, or noticing the clouds is mindful meditation for me. I also use simple tapping techniques from Amy Scher that can be found with a google search if anyone is interested. They are super easy as well. I need to keep it simple. Nothing complicated here! Please add any of your helpful techniques below. I love advice from people who understand, and have been where I am.