There are some days that we can feel overwhelmed. So, whether it be a stressful day at work, or hosting a function, or even dealing with a family member that you don’t see eye to eye with, we find these days can turn on additional sensations in our body. This, in conjunction with the mind letting loose on thoughts, (an example being what didn’t get accomplished during the day, or what you still need to do), can continue to spiral inside us as long as we allow it to. So what can we do?
The first thing we should do, is the bring yourself aware to the situation. Allow yourself to understand that you are going through a difficult time. When we make ourselves aware, we allow the mind to connect with the part of us that we need to change.
A few simple minutes of breath work can start the process of letting go. Be sure that you take a nice slow breath, and exhale longer than your inhale, which kicks in the parasympathetic nervous system of the body to start the relaxation process. Try inhaling to a count of 4, and exhaling to a count of 6 or 7. Repeat several times, and while doing so, focus directly on the feeling of the air going in and out of the nostrils. Allow your shoulders to drop down your back and feel the relaxation resonate through your body…
Let it go..
One of the most important things here, is to not hold on to the stress. As soon as the stress is over, let it be over. Start to relax the body and let it go. By holding on to the stress, you are burdening your body with something it doesn't need. Don't allow any additional thoughts on the matter, since the mind can become unleashed and will drag you down. Be good with the fact that the stress is gone now, and return to what is important...YOU.
Take time for yourself…
Sometimes we need to just separate ourselves from the situation at hand that is stressing us out. Find a quiet area or, even better, go for a walk! Allow yourself time to let go of all the days’ stressors and focus on what is going on right now. Maybe you are sitting on your front porch sipping some tea, or in your room listening to some calming music. Maybe you are taking a soothing bath, taking a walk around the block, or outside reading your latest book.
The images I just portrayed CAN be yours if you allow for it. We have choices, and in order for changes to occur we need to MAKE time for them. We all have these days. TRUST ME! But with all difficult days…they eventually pass. So, after you get home from that stressful day at work, or after the kids go to bed, or after you finish up with dinner, be sure to make some time for yourself. Give yourself the time. You deserve it!
With love and peace.. XO
Michelle has a BS, E-RYT, YACEP, CHN, CLYL, and Y12SRL.