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Rushing & Face tension

Discussion in 'Support Subforum' started by jonconner, May 24, 2021.

  1. jonconner

    jonconner Peer Supporter

    Hi guys,

    Hope everyone is well.

    I posted that Ive been dealing with prostatitis / frequent urination which Im trying to work on.

    My other issues are I rush through the day, I'm always a million miles an hour in my mind and body.
    I also have a lot of face and next tension, which gives me terrible eye pain and issues.

    any help from you guys would be amazing!!

    love to you all

  2. BloodMoon

    BloodMoon Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi Jon,

    Ace1 recovered from TMS and one of the biggest things he needed to tackle was 'rushing' / the urge to be finished or get somewhere quickly. Here is a link to a thread that lists Ace1's 'keys to healing' (it contains the short version of his 'keys' and page down to see the long version too, the latter giving the best details of how he dealt with his urge to rush) https://www.tmswiki.org/forum/threads/condensed-version-repeating-the-keys-to-healing-by-ace1.17783/ (Condensed version "Repeating the keys to healing" by Ace1)

    If you relax your jaw it will relax your face muscles. A normal resting tongue position is key for relaxing your jaw and can be found by placing your tongue against the roof of your mouth as if making a “clucking/clicking” sound. Ideally the front 1/3 of the tongue should rest upwards, just behind the front teeth. This is considered to be the best position for your tongue to help keep the jaw muscles more relaxed.

    I put 'post it' notes around my house which just said 'tongue' on them - to remind me to put my tongue in the correct position to relax my jaw. I also made a point of noticing my tongue position in association with certain daily activities, e.g. after I ate I'd make a point of noticing my tongue position and altering it to the correct position and every time I climbed any stairs etc (just choose your activities). I kept doing this until it became automatic and natural - a new, good habit (by rewiring your brain - through neuroplasticity). Doing this persistently and gently (I didn't mentally beat myself up every time I found my tongue was in the wrong position) worked for me.

    Also, perhaps try 'cupping' your eyes to relieve your ocular symptoms. Preferably rub your palms together for a 10 seconds or more -- but it doesn't really matter if you skip the rubbing. Close your eyes and then with applying no pressure, gently cup your palms over your closed eyes. It relaxes your eyes and the muscles around your eyes. Do this several times a day, whenever you feel like it. (I have a rare eye condition that adversely affects the muscles that move my eyeballs around, the muscles of my eyelids and the muscles around my eyes, and 'cupping' is tremendous for helping me cope with it all.)

    Hope this helps!

    Last edited: May 25, 2021
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  3. TG957

    TG957 Beloved Grand Eagle

    Rushing is a manifestation of anxiety. The best way to deal with anxiety is to start practicing mindfulness and meditation.
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  4. Ellen

    Ellen Beloved Grand Eagle

    When I find myself rushing, I slow down and do whatever I'm doing mindfully--really feel the steps I'm taking or the water as it runs over the dishes, etc.
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  5. BloodMoon

    BloodMoon Beloved Grand Eagle

    Further to my other reply that I made above, I've noticed that I rush through doing stuff that I don't enjoy or find boring. Breathing slowly while I'm doing such tasks helps stop me rushing, and thinking about how grateful I am for certain aspects of the things I'm dealing with helps slow me down too, e.g. while I'm cutting up vegetables I think about where in the world they would have been grown and that I'm grateful that someone grew them, and I look to appreciate something about them -- what beautiful colours the bell peppers are etc. And sometimes I'm able to make the chores more enjoyable and do them more slowly by, for instance, singing or humming a moderate to slow paced tune while I'm doing them....And then there's also doing things mindfully, as @Ellen and @TG957 have already suggested; that works very well.
    Last edited: May 30, 2021

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