Let it R.A.I.N.

Our lives are a constant flow of emotions, which are essential to what it means to be human.

Pause for a moment and think about all the different emotions you’ve experienced so far today, from pleasant (e.g. joy, satisfaction, amusement, calm…), to unpleasant (e.g. anger, frustration, boredom, embarrassment…), with different degrees of intensity.

In my experience, it’s quite common for people to approach mindfulness practices moved by a desire to better deal with strong, unpleasant emotions, such as anxiety, fear, grief, shame…the list goes on.

Besides the long-term benefits of practicing mindfulness in terms of self-awareness and self-regulation around emotions, mindfulness also offers some useful “tools” to deal with emotions in the moment, as they happen.

My favorite is called R.A.I.N., a 4-step practice that often comes to my rescue when I am feeling overwhelmed by emotions. Here’s how it works:

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Isabella Convertini

Isabella Convertini is a career and transformation coach, mindfulness teacher and expert in business strategy. Her personal and professional choices are inspired by a drive towards change, growth and self-awareness.

Born and raised in Italy, she has lived in England, Ireland, Singapore, France, Switzerland and she is now based in the United States, where she leads Strategic Partnerships for Google’s emerging advertising solutions. Isabella has built a successful career working for large multinationals and growth-phase companies, and as Advisor to startups and young entrepreneurs. Website: isabellaconvertini.com

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