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Life in unpredictable. As surely as you are singing along with Frank Sinatra, about “That’s Life”, you will find that you are either riding high or feel shot down just like in his lyrics.
That’s life (that’s life) that’s what people say
You’re riding high in April
Shot down in May
But I know I’m gonna change that tune
When I’m back on top, back on top in June
I said, that’s life (that’s life) and as funny as it may seem
Some people get their kicks
Stompin’ on a dream
But I don’t let it, let it get me down
‘Cause this fine old world it keeps spinnin’ around
This fine old world keeps going though, doesn’t it? I have been noticing more people reaching out to me during my live talks on my page, so I know that you need to hear this right now.
I am going to cut right to the heart of it for you. I understand living stressed, pay check to pay check, with illness, wondering how in the hell you are going to get through the latest thing that life threw at you. That moment where you look up and you say “Really?” That moment where you ask why me, why now? I have been there when the despair threaten to pull me under, but on that last gulp of air, as I came up from the bottom, I said not this girl. Not now, not ever.
And that’s where the magic happens. On that gulp as you decide this isn’t how it’s going to play out. I am offering you a few extra gulps of air here so you can make it to the raft. You can do this.
5 Ways to Find Your Calm in a Sea of Stress:
- Find your center. In yoga, there is a point in the class when the teacher directs your attention inward. I want you to do that in times of great stress. It does take awareness to detect when you are not yourself and therefore need to re-center. I like to connect to the emotional center and calm myself by placing my hand over my heart. If I am barefoot, I stretch my toes and spread through all four corners of my feet. I imagine my heart radiating the pink light of love and then washing over me to calm my soul. There are many ways to find your center, but just visualize you are calm and take three deep breaths.
- Stay present with the breath. This is one of the best tools in your almost empty tool-box. I talked about your tool-box in length last week, and I want to give you something else to put in there. Observe the breath. Is it shallow? Then start to slow it down and breathe deeply for a full round of three. Say to yourself “I am breathing in. I am breathing out.” If you want to breathe deep into your belly, put your hand over your navel area and breathe into your hand. Feel it rise and fall. Just be present in this moment.
- Call in the mantra or affirmation. In my Club, we have a focus for each month. This month is positivity, gratitude and raising the vibration of energy that we can tap into when it is needed. Our goal is to maintain our own energy source without being depleted by outside sources. The best mantra when you are having a rough time is “This thought is a choice.” You then direct your thought to a positive choice if you were going down a path that made you think negative thoughts. Another great one is “It all works out and it will get done.” That is for those days you have taken on too much. To make your own mantra right now, tap into what is causing you stress, then think about the exact opposite feeling you wish to create and call that in with a mantra. “I am healing.” is the one I used for over a year when I was in pain 24/7. One day, I woke up after doing yoga the night before and I began to realize that there was little to no pain left in my body. Mantras can be a powerful force to direct your thoughts.
- Journal your way into gratitude. When I was at my lowest point, and the pain was greater almost than my will, notice I said almost as that was when I resurfaced and took a large gulp to get to the life raft, anyway, that was when I started my mental butt-kicking with journaling. Many of you know that I turned that into my program to teach others how to do the same thing called the Head|Heart|Health Club. I was going to save as many people as I could who needed that extra gulp. I began to notice all of the good in my life at one of the most excruciating times ever that I had personally faced. It was literally a life changing process. Gratitude is one of the most medicinal emotions we can feel. It elevates our moods and fills us with joy. ~Sara Avant Stover
- I did the yoga. On days I wanted to sit in my pajamas and never come out…on days I wanted to curl up in the fetal position, I switched to child’s pose instead. The benefits of yoga truly changed my level of appreciation for my body and all that it was capable of doing even in the darkest moments of pain. And so I gifted myself with continued studies and learned yoga for arthritis and pain. I began to teach others who were in pain and by sharing my gifts, I lightened my darkest hours. I also did the hard stuff and recorded myself teaching 8 beginning yoga poses as well as chair modifications for my Club and the benefits of doing these poses daily.
Articles that you might like to go with this:
- Demystifying Yoga and Why You Need to Try It
- 3 Tips for Heart-Centered Living
- From Panic to Peace…Your Guide to Meditation
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