Times have been unpredictable- that’s for sure. How do we keep stress at bay during times of anxiety?.
Every day the news, or just reports from neighbors and our own experiences, can create a sense of anxiety and hopelessness. We are fully aware that we are not in control of anything beyond our own immediate day-to-day actions.
We’ve heard from many of you that anxiety is creeping in, and it’s no wonder with the total lack of control we have- from grocery shopping to home schooling to worry about our jobs (or being let go from one).
Anxiety and fear are normal human responses.
It is OK to feel scared and nervous. It’s normal and healthy to feel all these feelings (and have a good cry about it). But- we also need to maintain our physical health at this time.. and too much stress can compromise our immune system.
Here’s a quick meditation tip to limit anxiety and fear from taking over your physiological response (fight or flight).
Just like our brain sends fight or flight responses to our body, shortening our breath and accelerating our heart rate, our lungs can send signs back to our brain that all is well.
Take a minute to connect to your breath. Breathe deeply and fully into your belly. Allow your belly to fill with your breath. Resist any urge to hold your belly in. Let it be soft and relaxed.
‘Try and lengthen your inhale and exhale.
Inhale…2…3…4… exhale…2…3…4. Maybe after a few rounds at a count of 4, you can increase your inhale and exhale to 5 and then 6.
Perhaps while you’re breathing you can begin to add some affirmation:
In this moment I am safe. In this moment I am healthy. In this moment I am loved.
Continue your practice for 3 or 4 minutes, notice how you feel and how your anxiety has lessened.
We hope this simple breathing and meditation tip helps you. Keeping stress and anxiety at bay during difficult times is not easy. You’re allowed to feel scared and anxious, if you weren’t, would you even be human? But- continue to connect to your breath, and know that you are here, you are held, you are safe and you are not alone.
If you’re feeling completely overwhelmed, perhaps some distance reiki could help; contact us by clicking here for more information, or clicking here to see descriptions of all the virtual services we offer.
be well and stay safe.