It is not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
- Opossums can “play dead” for between a few minutes to 3 hours, depending on the types of predator or danger they are confronted with.
- They are not actually “playing”, they actually go comatose, physiologically.
- In most cases, the predator will play around with the Opossum’s body for a while and leave it (thinking that it’s dead).
- “Playing dead” is regarded is an instinctive defense response from an Opossum.
- While an Opossum is playing dead, its body remains in a limp state, and they start drooling.
- It may sometimes appear that post-death decay has started already in the animal; sometimes they release an odour from their anus that makes predators think that they are decaying.
Take the time now to consider your breathing regularly. When you are relaxed? When you are stressed?
“I can do this, I will get better at it”
“This is hard, I have not done this before, I will continue to try and work at it”
“I may not have done this perfectly, but I did my best”
“I am happy with the effort I gave to this task”
It serves as a starting point to ground yourself in the face of all the hundreds of relaxation techniques out there.