What keeps you up at night? Chances are, you can reel off a list of things without even thinking about it.
Modern society provides us all with plenty to worry about, from the catastrophic to the trivial. You might have accepted living in a constant state of mild to severe anxiety as the norm, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Stress can take a major toll on your health, happiness, and relationships with others. Not only that, but fear, worry, and anxiety create an energy around you that blocks you from manifesting the things you really desire.
Fight or Flight.
The fight or flight response happens in your body, and is triggered by the perception of a threat – real or imagined. When it senses danger, your body releases stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which prepare the body to either fight the threat or run away from it. While this response can be helpful when you’re faced with an actual physical threat, it can also be triggered by emotional stressors, leading to physical illness, chronic stress and anxiety.
But don’t let what I’m telling you get you down! There are many effective tools for letting go and releasing fear, worry, and negativity. They can help counteract the fight or flight response by promoting relaxation and reducing stress.
Seven Tools for Letting Go and Releasing Fear, Worry and Negativity.
Mindfulness Meditation: How many times have you worked yourself into a frenzy worrying about something that hasn’t even happened yet, or that’s over and done with and can’t be changed. Imagine how much less you’d have to worry about if you just focused on what’s happening right now. Mindfulness meditation is a practice of bringing your attention to the present moment, observing your thoughts and emotions without judgment. In just a few minutes a day, this practice can help you detach from negative thoughts and feelings that you can’t control, reducing their hold on you and making you feel calmer.
Journaling: Mental health professionals have been advocating journaling for years as a valuable tool for mental well-being. Writing down your thoughts and emotions is an effective way of processing and gaining clarity on what’s going on in your life, especially those things that you have difficulty talking about to others. When you write, you give yourself permission to express your innermost feelings without fear of judgment or repercussion.
Forgiveness: Forgiving yourself and others is a key component of letting go. Refusing to forgive keeps you stuck, energetically. You are basically building a cage for yourself and living in it, while the person you’re upset with goes about their life. Unlock your cage and set yourself free! Keep in mind that forgiveness doesn’t mean condoning harmful behavior, but rather releasing the anger, resentment, and pain that may be holding you back.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): EFT, also known as tapping, involves tapping on specific meridian points on the body, including the top of the head, eyebrow, side of the eye, under the eye, under the nose, chin, collarbone, and under the arm, while focusing on a specific issue or emotion. This practice can help release emotional blocks and reduce stress. For more information about this simple stress-relieving technique, check out this website, https://www.thetappingsolution.com/tapping-101/, or google EFT tapping on YouTube!
Breathwork: Conscious breathing exercises can help calm the mind and body, reducing stress and anxiety. The 4-7-8 breathing technique involves breathing in for 4 seconds, holding your breath for 7 seconds, then exhaling for 8 seconds. A few cycles of 4-7-8 breathing can actually lower your blood pressure, and regular sessions of meditative breathing can help release trapped emotions and energy in the body.
Movement: Physical movement, such as yoga or dance, can help release pent-up emotions and energy in the body. Moving your body can also help shift your focus away from negative thoughts and feelings and release a natural dose of mood enhancing dopamine and serotonin.
Nature: Spending time in nature can be a powerful tool for emotional release and healing. Being in nature can help you connect with the present moment and bring a sense of peace and calm. To get the most of your time in the great outdoors, meditate, exercise, or even journal in the sunshine to combine two effective techniques and feel your best.
Life is too short and there’s too much to accomplish to spend your energy stressing about things you can’t control. By incorporating these tools into your daily routine, you can learn to let go of fear, worry, and negativity, and experience the emotional release and healing you need to live your best life.
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I lost my son to suicide last December 2022 and it’s breaking my heart.
Thank you for this article. Is there more info somewhere on how to mindfully meditate?
I wish my mom would come through to me. I miss her so much.
Matt. I just found you. I am from birth, a member of British Spiritualism.
I now live in Washington State. I am in my early seventies and you are the only person who has described exactly what I have learned and understand to be true about spirit.
It has taken me this long in my life to have your validation. But as you say, there is no timeline so im grateful to have found you.Thankyou.
I will be going to Tulalip come hell or high-water. Love Gay Cameron
I have had and am still dealing with a very traumatic past. I cannot seem to get past it all, and believe me I have tried. I was in a very, very traumatic and abusive relationship and I was in that relationship when I got a call one morning that absolutely changed my life forever and ever. My brother had murdered my Mom. I heard that from my Dad on the other side of the phone. I just dropped to my knees screaming. She was my best friend, my rock. She was a phenomenal mom as well as human being. This happened June 10th, 1999. It’s been a long time, but he just recently got parole. I’m so upset, angry, you name it. He walks the streets and gets another chance at life… so, so, so wrong! I also was horribly beaten, kept in my room for 3 days being raped repeatedly. I ended up on that occasion with my jaw broken in two places and 4 broken ribs. I have one on each side pop in and out occasionally. I’ve also lost 2 upper and 2 lower teeth from him as well. There is so much in between as well. He was convicted on 2 charges carrying 7 years each, he was paroled just after a year and a half. I just need some closure. I want to know If my momma is ok? They, well some people say that when someone dies violently, he violently murdered her, that they are stuck and cannot move into the light. I have feared this for 24 years. I can’t really stop mourning her. Nor I know, I will never really have “closure”, I also know I can’t change it, but I have to move on. I can’t even think about her without thinking of the tragedy of her loss. I also had to watch my dad pass in front of my eyes. My brother, other brother, committed suicide in October of 2021. He was just a year older than me and we were always very close. I’m just so very hurt and sad and angry. You name it I’m there. I can’t think about any person in my family without just hitting my PTSD or depression or anxiety and panic attacks. I’m at a loss here and don’t know what to do anymore. I need some sort of acknowledgment that my mom is ok and maybe she’s even watching over me? She was my everything next to my Son. I pray all the time, that I can begin to forgive, but I can’t. I want to desperately because when I was in the women’s shelter and I was in there for a long time recovering from multiple surgeries, I knew that someday I wanted to give back and help other women too. But how can I do that when I can’t get over this??? My want or my feeling of needing to help These women is very, very strong and I want them to know that they are not alone, like I thought I was. Or weak. I thought I was so weak and that haunted me. When I first went in there I called myself the walking dead. I felt my heart and soul was too damaged to ever recover. I pressed on though for my son. He needed his mom. It’s a strong and an absolutely necessity for these women to under stand that. To understand it’s not their fault either! I’m not just aiming at women either. There is a super strong need out there for men as well. Thank you for letting me get that out. I don’t talk about it much if at all. It’s just too painful for me.
In 2019 our family was shattered with the loss of our youngest son, age 18 ,Trey passed feb,19 20019 then as suddenly as we lost trey in June 9,2019 I found my husband of 30 years had passed in his sleep from heart failure when I went to wake him. It’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever had to process and heal from , it would be so amazing to hear from them and have a little peace knowing they are ok