|How to practice when you're upset|
Here's an example of how I practiced when I was emotionally upset:
Letís suppose my practice outings consisted of driving 5 miles from home. And letís suppose I had repeated my 5-mile outing several times, and now my anxiety level was down to a 1 or a 2 Ė I had really mastered the 5-mile outing.
On my next outing, I drive 6 miles, and I'm at a 4. So far, so good. But the next day, something happens to get me very emotionally upset, and I don't feel like practicing at all. What should I do?
Hereís the answer: That morning, I give myself permission to repeat the 5-mile outing. In distance, I'm going back a step, but I'm adding "while feeling upset," so it's still a challenge. And, I'm continuing to practice!
suppose Iím upset for 2 or 3 days.
So, I repeat that 5-mile outing.
After 2 or 3 days, I'm doing "5 miles while upset" at a
2! That's a great
practice. I've really
extended my range, because now I can go 5 miles while upset, with low
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