Once in a while, you might feel as though the world is crashing down you, things won’t be ok, you don’t know what to do – you just feel stressed AF. You feel like a basket case and your anxiety is growing.
Does any of this ever happen you? That was me about a year ago (and last week too, to be completely honest). I felt so stress about everything – where I lived, my career, my job, money, my life. I felt like a ticking time bomb, I was pretty grouchy, and I am sure I was no fun to be around. I had bad anxiety and I felt like no one understood how I felt.
The truth is… you have the power within YOU to turn this all around, to turn your stress into calm, to turn your confusion into clarity, to turn your inner turmoil into inner guidance.
1. First of all, just breathe.
Breathe through your entire body. As you inhale through your nose, count 1-2-3-4. Then exhale, count 1-2-3-4-5-6-7. Repeat this a few times, and a few more times. Send your breath to every single cell in your body as you in hale and release all your fears, worries, and stress as you exhale. It only takes a few minutes, so set a timer for two or three minutes and just breathe.
2. You can also try this breath exercise for chakra balancing.
Bring your awareness to your crown chakra at the top of your head. Visualize a white light moving down into your body through your crown chakra and down your back to the base of your spine, where your root chakra is located. Each inhale brings you vitality, energy, love, and light. As the light reaches the root chakra, let it pool here. As you exhale bring the flow of light up through the front of your body and out through the crown chakra. As you exhale, breathe out any tension, emotions, and thoughts you no longer need. Repeat this a few times and feel the energy moving through your body.
3. Be sure to move your body!
Go for a walk, a swim, a run, a workout. Exercise has many stress-reducing benefits. Physical activity helps the feel-good part of your brain pump endorphins through your body, helping you feel happier. Exercise can be a form of meditation because you tend to focus on what you’re doing in that moment rather than the million and one things that are stressing you in life right now. When you exercise regularly, you’re in a better mood, you’re more relaxed, more confident.
Although yoga is directly related to balancing the chakras because it aims to unite your mind, body, and soul, any form of physical activity will benefit your chakra flow.
4. Clean and declutter your living space (or your work space)!
Did you know that your living space and work space is a reflection of your mind right now? You might not believe me, but it is SO true! Whenever my house or office get all messy and cluttered… that’s when my stress-level seems to be at its highest. So get cleaning, get organized, and rid of stuff! Clean, tidy, and neat living spaces make for a clear, calm, and relaxed mind, body, and soul.
Each room/area in your home represents one of your seven major chakras. Take a tour of your home – what chakra(s) might need a little love? If you’re basement and crawl spaces are a giant disorganized mess, it could reflect a root chakra imbalance. What’s your bedroom looking like? A tornado? Nice and tidy? That’s a reflection of your sacral chakra energy. Bathroom and personal spaces? Solar plexus chakra. Kitchen and dining room? The heart chakra. Living room or family room? Throat Chakra. Den, office, and windows? Your third eye chakra. And your attic, roof, eaves troughs? Crown Chakra.
When you clean and declutter, something magical happens and, I promise, you will feel less stressed!
5. Also, stop with the procrastination!
I get it, girl! You’re stressed AF and all you want to do it lay in bed watching Netflix or doing all the things that aren’t on your to-do list. I’ve been there, I’ve done that! (Confession: That was me last week… #ithappens) When you procrastinate, you put off some important tasks you need to get them, but you still worry about that. And this is what makes you feel even more stressed.
6. The Solar plexus chakra is all about your confidence and believing in yourself.
Look at the WHYs of your procrastination. Why are you not completing certain tasks? Why are you holding yourself back from certain things. Figure that out then begin talking to yourself in a YES dialogue. YES, I can start meditating right now. YES, I can clean the bathroom. YES, I am worthy of starting my own business. YES, this yoga class will help my mind, body, and soul today. YES, I am WORTHY, STRONG, SUPPORTED. You will be more motivated and accomplish a lot more with positive thoughts in your head.
7. And finally, talk it out!
Please don’t bottle up your thoughts, emotions, frustrations, and stresses. That’s what I used to do… I was so afraid of communicating my needs. I was a people pleaser. I was a push over. And all of that made me so miserable, stressed, and down all of the time. There are people who love you and want to help you. Reach out to someone, anyone.
Learn to express your needs and wants, feelings and emotions, frustrations and even joys and voice them to someone you trust. When we keep everything inside, our chakras (especially the throat chakra) gets so out of whack. One of the best and fastest ways to unblock this chakra is to SING OUT LOUD. Don’t be afraid to sing in the car, or the shower, or anywhere really. If you need to, go outside and scream at the top of your lungs. It helps. Trust me.