Let our mindful mantra this week be: “I choose peace over panic.”
Do you ever feel like your day is controlling you, even if everything was scheduled perfectly on your Google calendar? Last week I launched my first national online program, “Heal Your Headaches.” Despite months of careful planning, with just hours to go before the first live broadcast everything started to malfunction technically. I mean everything- the “top of the line” program used to host webinars, my wireless internet connection, software on my laptop, and most importantly my mind.
With each minute on hold for technical support, my panic levels were rising. I could feel every muscle of my neck and shoulders tighten up and a massive tension headache coming on. As the headache set in, my voice was becoming more rapid and tense. How could I soothe others who suffer from headaches in this state?
When people hear me speak or read my blog, I get often get asked, where do these mindful mantras come from? My real life. I try to take mindfulness from my meditation mat into daily living. And like meditation, it is a practice. Our minds can be a sponge for negative emotions and thoughts. A mantra is a phrase or affirmation. Repeating these positive phrases can not only elevate the mood, but also change our perspective on how we cope with external circumstances.
How can we connect to a place of inner peace when we are in a state of panic?
1. The first step is to recognize that you are in a state of panic. When we are drowning, we are often so caught up in our emotions that we don’t recognize panic.
2. If this is difficult for you, think back to a recent experience in which you felt anxious, panicked or worried. Did you have any physical symptoms occur during this period? Next time the symptoms come up, stop and ask yourself. What am I feeling anxious or panicked about?
3. Step away from the situation. Literally and emotionally. Take at least 10 deep breaths. By changing our physical environment, we are changing the sights, sounds, and other sensations stimulating our minds. This helps us to hit the reset button and choose to come back to a state of peace.
4. If anxious energy is preventing you from function, get up and move. Walk, run, or skip- preferably outside. Movement will actually release endorphins that call down the stress hormones feeding that panicked state in your mind.
Try it and let me know how you feel.
Recite the mantra anytime you feel like your schedule, the day, or panic is controlling you. “I choose peace over panic”
In Happiness and In Health,
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