Last week I was able to experience lectures and conversations that opened my mind deeper into what bravery means in this world. I have been connecting with Brené Brown's meaning of vulnerabilities and bravery lately and realized that I am braver than I thought.
Our lives are have become so fast paced that we found an art to keep ourselves busy and not really deal with our vulnerabilities and emotions. Stress piles up and can make our bodies, minds and lives explode with no warning. It's important to learn tools to notice stress, identify its source and take a moment to help bring the nervous system back into balance.
Here are a few tools that I have found helpful during stressful times:
-Take time to dive deep into a project for 27 minutes. Set a timer and work on this space only. Ignore phone calls, emails, texts, etc. until your time is up. Once your time is up, take a break and decide to come back to the project or move on to another.
-Refocus your stressful thoughts into something you enjoy doing. Go for walk, draw, color, start a long thought about project or watch your favorite movie. All these help get you out of the situation or thought pattern that is making you stressed and reconfigures the brain to focus in a new way.
-Detach yourself from technology! Stop yourself from scrolling on social media, turn off the tv or step away from the computer screen. Even doing this for 15 minutes will give your brain a rest and time away to reconnect to living a simple life. Social media has a way of showing us what we are missing out on, longing for or don't have in our lives. This can trigger unneeded stress and why add more to your already full plate!
-Take time to focus on your breath. Learning to fully breathe into your body helps you calm the nervous system and bring fresh oxygen into unconnected parts of our body. It's simple, can only take a minute or two but the benefits will last a long time.
I encourage you try a few of these this week to find a balance and allow yourself to not let stress overcome you! There are many more tools to explore, but starting out simple helps create a wellness practice that lasts. I love to hear if there are any other tools that work for you or if any of the above helped you this week!
Recently, I've been turning to the angels for guidance during this hard transition in my life. A few times in the past two months, I've pulled the "There's Nothing to Worry About" card. Each day when I feel lost, overwhelmed or not sure what the universe is heading me towards, I come back to this card. There is a lessons in everything and now I share the magic of this card with you!
There's Nothing to Worry About:
"You are safe, and this situation is under the perfect control of the Divine providence and universal order. Only infuse loving thoughts and emotions into the situation to ensure that the highest possible outcome flows effortlessly to and through you."
-Angels Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue
This card comes to us to remind ourselves that we are not alone. The angels are listening and ask us to give them our worry. They provide us the inner knowledge to know that they're working us towards our greatest potential even if it feels like life is a never-ending record on repeat. Our brain is programmed to suffer and as life has become easier for us in terms of resources for survival, worry now crawls into holes that man-kind was not programmed to fixate on. Remember you're human and we all have worry to some degree, so you're not alone!
Now is the time to give your worry, stress and not knowing to the angels. It is not for us to know what the future holds but for us to stay in the present moment, breath and know our angels are keeping us safe.
Molly Sommerhalder, Owner of Swan in the Lotus Yoga and Wellness, LLC
Swan in the Lotus came to me after years of connection to myself and my Goddess, Saraswati. My blog will provide inspiration to travel with courage on this life journey and provide lessons to find joy, love and self-care!