Remember to breathe.
Yesterday morning I made the huge mistake of going on Facebook, and it felt like I was being repeatedly punched in the stomach. Over and over again.
No one is feeling heard right now. So people are shouting louder and louder than ever before. And I feel like I’m being punched in the face with everyone’s political opinions.
I was scrolling, and I literally couldn’t breath. It was all just so toxic. So much fear, so much anger. And then I spent the rest of the morning just trying to be able to breath again (and sweating out all that toxic crap in the sauna!).
I had to remind myself over and over again: BREATHE!
No matter what side of the political fence you sit on, I think the entire world is feeling a bit anxious and scared right now. What is going to happen next?
No one knows, because this kind of thing has never happened before. We’re not really sure of what’s going to happen next.
Uncertainty brings fear.
Fear, stress, anxiety puts us in survival, fight or flight mode. When you’re in life or death situation, you hold your breath. You’ve probably experienced that before.
Our body doesn’t really know the difference between, shit I almost got hit by a car, and the collective fear and panic energy that’s happening now.
Breathing brings us back.
That’s what stress and fear does – it punches all the air out of us. You’re holding your breath, or your shallow breathing, whether you’re aware of it or not.
The easiest and best method I’ve found for handling fear, anxiety, stress, uncertainty: BREATHE.
Take a deep breath. Into the belly.
Then do it again. And again. And as many times as you need to until you feel like you’re breathing again.
And after the 3rd or 4th deep belly breath, you’ll feel a wave of calmness wash over you.
I have a reminder on my phone at 11am and 3pm to do my deep belly breaths. Those are the most likely times that I’ve gone ‘unconscious’ and I’m not aware of my breathing.
So I do my 4 x 4 breaths.
I breath in 1, 2, 3, 4. Hold it 1, 2, 3, 4. Exhale 1, 2, 3, 4. Pause 1, 2, 3, 4.
And I do that 4 times.
It grounds me, brings me back into my body, and calms any stress or tension I’m feeling.
I’m purposefully staying off Facebook right now.
And I never watch the news or read any news sites online.
I refuse to take on unnecessary negativity – because it’s bad for my health.
And my health is always my #1 priority.
(And I actually think I’m more well informed because of this, because let’s face it, most news is actually just hyped, sensationalised outrage theatre.)
Do things that make you happy, stay away from what doesn’t. The world needs more happy right now.