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Relaxation and what we can learn from frogs!

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You may have noticed, if you are following our wellbeing pieces, there seems to be a few frogs! We have picked frogs as another member of the planet to inspire us. 

Earlier we looked at geese, http://www.cope-scotland.org/index.php/latest-blog/leaders-in-the-living-room and what we can learn from them about teamwork and looking out for each other.

''So, why frogs?'' I hear you ask. Well, frogs are pretty amazing and incredibly adaptable. There is many who argue that frogs cannot jump backwards, only forwards. In navigating a challenge, the frog isn't holding onto the past and what is behind them but focused on the future and the path most likely to lead to where they need to be. 

When energy needs to be conserved leaping about, it's worth taking time to think about where those leaps need to be. That doesn't mean there aren't times when it pays to look back to see where we are going, however, when the destination isn't clear, we haven't been here before, it has never been done before, so there are no earlier solutions to draw on, then perhaps it's time like the frog that we move forwards. 

Have an image in the mind of our destination, and consider how we move towards that, even if that means it's going to take time and a bit of help. As humans, we do have the option of helping each other too, and we all need help sometimes.

Frogs also adapt to adversity; they have evolved the ability to survive the harshest winters when the sun and radiant heat, which normally regulates their body temperature, is significantly reduced. For anyone seeking to learn the art of meditation, could do well to study the meditative qualities of the wee frog. 

Finding a quiet, safe spot, the wee frog can consider its next move calmly and collectedly and this is something we all can benefit from. More is achieved when our minds are calm and at the very least, we conserve energy and can suffer less.

Frogs provoke different reactions in people, from thinking they are cute, horrible, or of no value at all. The value of frogs in the ecosystem is significant and we won't elaborate here, suffice to say, frogs eat bugs and help keep the bug population under control as well as many other contributions to the planet. However, wee frogs are usually preoccupied with their priorities so the approval/disapproval of others doesn't really feature in their day unless it affects their priorities directly e.g., avoiding having someone stand on them!

Wee frogs have pretty much got their priorities sorted and this is perhaps something again we can learn. How often do we find ourselves feeling out of sorts during the COVID19 pandemic because we can't go for a meal, to the pictures, for a holiday? That's not to say there are some priorities we need to address, having food, warmth, feeling safe, feeling we belong. However, perhaps in a time of upheaval like the pandemic, it's also a chance to reflect on, what actually is it, that matters to us as individuals?

Frogs spend a lot of time outdoors in nature and nature is good for us also. During winter and in lockdown perhaps we cannot spend as much as we may like. However, even looking at pictures of nature can be good for us, and try, within restrictions to get some fresh air daily. Even opening the windows, where it's safe to do so, can help freshen the air in a room. 

What we breath can affect our wellbeing; you may find this piece on the site interesting http://www.cope-scotland.org/index.php/latest-blog/2018-04-29-07-24-46.Posted pre COVID19 so please follow current restrictions.

One other thing we can learn from frogs is to have more faith in ourselves. When we think of the wee frog and its amazing survival skills, be reminded we too are pretty amazing and adaptable. Yes, some reading this may think, how vulnerable frogs are, and how easily squashed. We can all be vulnerable and find ourselves under pressure from life. Bringing some calm into our lives helps us adapt to challenges and conserve energy, and maybe reduce the chances of being squashed or overcome by adversity?

Learning to relax, bringing some relaxation into our lives every day can help us feel calmer. That doesn't mean there aren't challenges, and during the COVID19 pandemic, there are many challenges. It does mean we may have more energy to overcome those challenges or adapt so we suffer less and can hold on until the challenges have passed.

The wee tips shared below won't have all the answers, but if making time to relax, feel calmer matters to you, they may help. There is also a wee postcard you can download for yourself to remind you, if you want, of a promise you made to yourself to make more time to relax and learn to feel calmer in situations which are challenging. 

As ever this does not replace professional advice. If you are feeling overwhelmed by all that is happening, do speak to someone. The Whit's happening info mags on the site offer lots of contacts and the Samaritans are there 24/7 365 Tel 116 123.

''As we go through life, we're piling on deeper and deeper layers of consciousness, which leads to a greater capacity to take multiple perspectives. It's a little like the many layers of dessert piled on Miss Piggy's plate at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Only here, it's less carbs and more nutrition''. Kermit the frog

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