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8.7. Back to the Old Routine

We know that it might seem like we’re repeating ourselves, but it’s because we think these things are SO important. What are we talking about:

  • Visualisation
  • Self-Talk
  • Mindfulness
  • Hypnosis

How are you getting on?

Exercise: Rate my Vi-Mi-Hy-ST Routine // Duration 5 mins

You know how to make a routine.  Tag it on to something you do regularly. This routine is a once a week routine.  Find what works for you.  The idea is to keep track of your emotion-focussed strategies, to keep them in mind and remember to actively use them in your climbing practice and, for mindfulness, as part of your everyday routine.  You want to become awesome at mindfulness in times of calm, so you can call upon it in times of stress.

Use your journal and find a page that has space for you to draw in a chart. You’ll want 5 columns: one for date and one each for:

  • Visualisation
  • Mindfulness
  • Hypnosis
  • Self-Talk

Use the chart to rate how effectively you’re using this technique each week, in your climbing. This is a one minute activity. It’s a simple check-in to remind yourself of where you’re up to.  You could keep this attached to your rope bag or chalk bag. Or leave it in the bathroom and fill it in when you shave. It doesn’t matter where you do it, but do it.

For now, leave your self-rating in the comments box below with a discussion about how you feel about your routine with these four things.

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