Yes, facing this stuff is painful, and yes, one needs to take a break from it.
What I do when I have the time is to watch a movie or read, something I enjoy, because I can let my mind relax while it's distracted.
Or I meditate. Focus on my breathing and the tides of life. When I micromanage just the simple act of breathing and relaxing my muscles, it takes everything away.
I'm taking this discipline with me everywhere I go. No, I can't break out my lotus position when I teach (
), but I can bring up an image of a peaceful place and focus on everything there. For me, it's a beach. I feel the breeze on my face, smell the salt in the air, watch the waves crash on the shore, hear the birds and the roar of the water. Just completly lose myself in the image. I find it only takes a few minutes to relax myself. And when I have to use this in bed, this can help me sleep too.
And that's been VERY important over the past few days.
Peace and love, Marc. I'm here if you need me.