Over the last few weeks I've been enjoying some beautifully deep and open-hearted discussions with my clients about anxiety and stress and the downward spiral that often ensues after a triggering event.
Many of them feel at the mercy of their anxiety, and trying to get rid of it using positive affirmations or self talk just don't seem to help. hen they eventually shake the feeling several days later they feel exhausted and like they've been through the wringer.
What I shared with them and what I'll be sharing with you in this video is my take on dealing with anxiety - a gentle approach that allows us to release anxiety (or any tricky emotion) before we start to cultivate more positivity with positive self talk or affirmations.
Have a watch:
To break the video down as a simple take away, here are my steps for releasing anxiety or stress:
1. Tell yourself it's OK that you feel the way you feel, concentrating on feeling compassion and love for yourself - the way you would feel for a dear friend or a child you love.
2. Feel into your body to get an idea of how the emotion is playing out physically - where do you feel it. Do this with a curious, observant mind, leaving judgement out of the picture as much as you can.
3. Once you've felt yourself release the emotion (once you've gotten used to this process it'll only take a minute or two) you can start to bring in positive affirmations like 'I love and accept myself', or 'I am exactly where I need to be'. If you feel tension when you bring positive affirmations to mind, go back to steps one and two so that you'll be releasing instead of resisting against the emotion.
It takes a little practice but this approach is incredibly powerful - I'd love to hear your experiences or questions so shoot away in the comments!
Lots of love,