Bubble trouble

iCAP Services logoHaving recently begun university studies, I noticed that not only was I feeling excitement about embarking on this new mission, there was something else going on that I couldn’t quite put a name, a feeling or a face to.

During the enrolment process, working out timetables and selecting tutorials, it became clear to me that I was ready for this new adventure. I’m happy to have created this opportunity yet still there was this ‘something’ that was lurking around, giving me an uneasy feeling.

I’ve trained to use Focusing Therapy and often incorporate this method at iCAP Services with my clients. I figured it was time to use the technique and investigate what this ‘something’ is that keeps creeping up, trying to grab my attention.

Have you ever had a ‘gut feeling’ or ‘a feeling in your waters’? (from Kath and Kim, ABC TV and Channel 7)

Then you’ve already experienced or have tapped into your ‘felt sense’ in an informal way.

Focusing, in a nutshell, encourages the Focuser to sit with feelings and sensations within the body.

By sitting with the sensations, and tapping in to the felt sense, the Focuser gains a better understanding of what it is that’s happening in the body and why. The Focusing Institute’s website explains the Focusing process more thoroughly.

So, by taking some time out and listening to my body’s signals as a Focuser, that ‘something’ became clearer.  Even though I was revved up for my university adventure, there was a part of me that was experiencing anxiety over a number of issues that typically surround new beginnings.

How would my experience pan out? Could I possibly be good enough? Would I be able to cope with the work load? Could I fit in with the University culture?

All these fears and questions surfaced and gained a voice during the Focusing session.

Image of a pot boilingBy tackling our hidden fears and anxieties when they first begin to bubble, we gain a better understanding about why they manifest and how they can sabotage our positive experiences.

By acknowledging them and working through them, we can quieten the inner turmoil.  We gain some insight into what we need as individuals to remain healthy and tuned in when our life throws out a glitch or two, or more.

Ignoring these early warning signals can have far greater consequences.  Like a leaky pipe that turns into a burst water main, our emotions and wellbeing can quickly get out of control and deteriorate if ignored for too long.

So take a minute and ask yourself: Do I feel any unease at the moment? What might be bubbling up inside that threatens to boil over if I ignore it for too long?

If you had a minute to yourself, could you identify the voice inside and what it was trying to tell you?

Tina is a Counsellor and Psychotherapist in private practice in Wollongong and Sydney.

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