Here comes the RAIN again. A handy self-coaching tool for working through anxiety

Here comes the rain again

Falling on my head like a memory

Falling on my head like a new emotion

Annie Lennox, Eurythmics

Remember the song? Rain and emotion go naturally together. Look at the photograph. Is the front in the photograph coming towards you, or retreating?

RAIN is an apt nemonic for a self-coach for working through anxiety. Thanks to the ICF for publishing it

Recognise. Are you alive to the anxiety or stress you might be feeling at the moment? Where is it showing up in your body? What emotions are attached? What if you named them?

Acknowledge and accept this present state. Your reaction, whatever it is, is part of you. Be kind to your reaction, it’s OK. What are you accepting?

Invite. Invite some observations and actions. What do you need now? How would that help you? What could you do? What would friends or family suggest in addition?

Non-attachment. Our thoughts, emotions, feelings – they don’t define you, they are just an expression in the moment. You have a choice and the power to decide what you act on, and what you don’t. What new things are being recognised right now?

And why not do this reflect outdoors in nature – a refuge in times of crisis.

If you’d like to think some of this through with a trusted confidant, get in touch with us.

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