Overthinking and chronic worrying lead to overwhelm and un-needed stress!
Perhaps you've been worried because you're going through so many changes right now, or because you have empathically picked up on other people's fear-based energies.
Maybe you’re the type of person who always wants everyone to be happy and you worry something is wrong when you can’t make everything ok.
On days where you feel tired, you may be a little more emotionally vulnerable and more prone to worry.
For whatever reason, you just can’t seem to overcome overthinking and chronic worry.
Remember that 99% of what you worry about never happens. Worry is a complete waste of time and a drain on your energy. But, don't feel bad about yourself if you worry a lot. We are human beings and it is normal for us to worry at times. The key is not to let it overcome you and to LET IT GO!
There are many techniques that I've used to let go of worry. The one simplest way is to breathe.
Whenever you catch yourself feeling worried, anxious or fearful about something, take a few minutes to practice deep breathing. This stress-relieving breathing practice will help you feel calm within seconds.
Many have written about the importance of deep breathing. Don’t underestimate the power of your own breath to calm your mind and body.
1. Sit in a comfortable position and begin to notice your breath.
2. Take a deep breath in all the way down below your navel (the tanden), then breath out vigorously making a whooshing sound between your lips.
3. Now, repeat this breathing, but as you breathe in and out say (or think) the following mantras:
Round one: “I breathe in love. I breathe out worry.”
Round two: “I breathe in peace. I breathe out anxiousness.”
Round three: “I breathe in calm. I breathe out stress.”
Round four: “I breathe in faith. I breathe out fear.”
4. Now, just sit in silence for a moment with your hands over your heart. Notice the calmness that has come over you. If you still feel worried or anxious, repeat the rounds again. Repeat as many times as needed until you feel calm and relaxed.
This exercise is simple, yet effective. It only takes about a minute, so you can do it anywhere (no excuses!)
You CAN change your thoughts about the problems that worry you.
Here are 7 more Tips to help you let go of worry:
1. Eat well and exercise regularly because this fills your body with endorphins that boost your mood! Avoid highly processed foods and foods with a lot of chemicals and toxins (this disrupts the transmitters in your brain and may cause nervousness and scattered thoughts).
2. Spend time in nature, go for a walk, bike ride or just put your bare feet on the earth to reconnect with source energy.
3. Help others out- volunteer at a daycare or hospice or just do any act of kindness for someone – this fills you up with positivity and takes your mind off of your own problems.
4. Do some form of physical activity such as gardening, painting, yoga, etc.
5. Read a positive book before bed (no TV) or do a short meditation.
6. Put an essential oil diffuser in your home and add lavender oil (or other relaxing oil), especially at night before bed. You can also add lavender oil to a bath with Epsom salt.
7. If you’re a Reiki practitioner- always, always remember to do a self-Reiki treatment (even if for only a few minutes). We often forget that we have this amazing healing gift that we can access anytime!