After a tumultuous few days, it feels like the energy and vibrations of the world have changed. Waking up today I felt foggy brained and less grounded and I know I can’t be the only one – especially since I don’t even live in the US. With these feelings currently consuming us, it’s important to take time out of our day for ourselves and refocus our thoughts to more positive ones. In lieu of recent events, I’ve put together a small list of ways we can work with our possible anxiety and stay positive.
It’s important to make time for meditation practice every day – in order to reset our minds and keep ourselves grounded. But it’s especially important to make time for meditation during times when anxiety or negative emotions are high. Even sitting in a quiet area, closing your eyes and focusing on your breathing for just ten minutes is better than not meditating at all. If I’m having trouble quieting my mind, I’ll focus on counting the things I am grateful for in my life. This way I am focusing all of my energy on thinking positive thoughts and moving my perspective away from negativity.
And by this, I don’t mean reading articles about the latest news. Find yourself a book that you can immerse yourself in, something that will pull you away from negative thoughts. Reading is not only a good distraction, but also serves benefits for the mind in general.
When you’re feeling negative, anxious or uncomfortable – I’m sure one of the the last things you want to do is get into your workout gear and go to the gym. It can be a difficult thing to convince yourself to do, but once you’re immersed in your workout – your mind, body and spirit will thank you. Even if you can’t get to the gym there are many at-home workouts you can do to achieve the same benefits.
4. Getting Outside
I find fresh air to be incredibly healing. Whenever I’m feeling anxious or uncomfortable, fresh air always helps me to feel more rejuvenated – giving me the ability to refocus my breathing. Disconnecting from the constant stream of news and its accompanying commentary and immersing yourself in the outdoors can help you clear your mind, pull you away from the negativity and refocus your energy.
5. Connect With a Friend
My last recommendation for dealing with anxiety is connecting with a friend or family member. Even if you’re not in the mood to discuss what is making you feel anxious (sometimes that just makes me feel more anxious), you can allow yourself the comfort of being with someone familiar and taking part in an activity together. Perhaps a nature walk?
In a sea of negative and fearful posts I wanted to interject a tiny bit of positivity. At the end of the day, we are the ones who can take care of ourselves and each other. It’s important to remember to start from within and work hard to see all the positive things happening in the world. Keep your chin up and find something to be grateful for today!