During this time of uncertainty, overwhelming anxiety is common; here are 3 uncommon tips to mitigate stress and fear and regain control of your life
With a global virus that’s keeping us confined into our homes — for who knows how long — anxiety is at an all-time high. Understandably, people are feeling overwhelmed and desperate for relief. Our minds have become so fixated on anxiety, that we end up spending a tremendous amount of time reading about it, speaking about it, and subconsciously fueling the very feeling we are trying to overcome.
From Zoom sessions to live streaming videos, countless coaches and spiritual teachers have turned to the web to offer anxiety-relief meditations and mediations to alleviate our anxieties. But if we want lasting relief, we need to get grounded in our body to restore our sense of safety and calm. We also need to distance ourselves from the fear that’s manifesting in our anxious thought patterns without ignoring our feelings.
Here are 3 strategies to do just that:
1. Root Chakra Balancing
Like roots to a tree, your root chakra is the energetic foundation of your body. When it is out of balance, you can end up experiencing anxiety, instability, stiffness, and even depression. But by consistently practicing grounding exercises, you can shift your focus from the uncertainty of what is happening around you to the solid foundation beneath you.
The most effective way to bring your root chakra back into balance is to spend time in nature.
If possible, walk barefoot outdoors, paying attention to every step you take. However, if you live in a city without access to a garden, you can balance your root chakra indoors by placing your feet firmly on the floor as you imagine grounding yourself deep into the earth. Try visualizing a thick cord anchoring your body down into the center of the planet.
2. Movement Release
Everything we live through gets stored in our subconscious mind as well as in the cell tissues of our body. This means that our experience of this global pandemic is having an energetic correspondence in our system. Unless we get into the body and consciously move our energy, the fear and anxiety we are experiencing at this moment will leave an imprint within us that will last far longer than the virus itself.
One way to allow stuck emotional energy to flow freely again is to practice free movement and dance.
So, go ahead and put on an epic playlist and allow your body to move freely, paying attention to the contact of your feet on the ground, the expansion of your chest, and the elevation of your heartbeat. With one good song that takes up three to five minutes of your time, plus a sincere willingness to feel better, you’ll be able to shift the way you feel, experience tremendous relief, and keep your body healthy.
3. One Goal A Day
Even those of us who don’t identify as control freaks are suffering from a lack of control at this moment. That’s because many things that used to be controllable — such as the ability to move freely, visit our families and friends, travel, eat out in restaurants, work, take our children to school, and congregate with others however we liked — have been suddenly taken away from us. That’s why we need to shift our focus to what is controllable in this moment and begin to organize our days accordingly.
One way to do this is setting one single non-negotiable goal for your day. Of course, that doesn’t mean forgetting about all the other things you need to do, such as joining that work call, feeding your child, or responding to your client’s email. It only means picking and doing one thing that will benefit you today. This could be practicing a five-minute meditation, taking a hot bath, cleaning up a section of your closet, cooking one healthy meal, or drinking enough water. Being able to stick to one goal every single day will give you a sense of completion that will help you feel more stable and secure without placing excessive expectations on yourself.
These three strategies have one thing in common: They focus on helping you move towards how you want to feel rather than encouraging you to place all your focus and effort in moving away from what you don’t want to feel. If you choose to practice them daily, you will quickly shift your approach and experience tremendous relief.
You may also enjoy reading Being True to You: Honoring Your Calling, One Step at a Time by Monica Levi