How can you control thoughts and prevent stress in these times?

So.  Sometimes there is an obsessive thought that comes in your mind.  This year, it might be many thoughts.  What if I get sick or someone I know gets sick?  Am I going to have a job?  What is going to happen next year?  Are my children going to be safe?  The list goes on and on.  Anxiety seems to be at an all time high right now and it is important to really stop it in it’s tracks before it literally causes you to be sick to your stomach.

Psychosomatic illnesses happen because the brain is now influencing the body.  So right now, all of the chatter in your brain, can actually be causing more stress, and then that stress can influence your body and your stress levels.

Anxiety-induced pain can happen in the form of headaches, abdominal pain, lower back distress and more.  Understand this.  Everyone knows that the pandemic is changing everything we once knew, and the pain is real that you feel from this.  What we have to figure out is what is triggering the pain and then stop the triggers by controlling the stress.

Ways to control stress:

  • Think of the happiest place or time in your life.  Bring yourself there mentally every time you are having a high stress day.  What would you do there?  See? Feel?  Just walk yourself through that experience.
  • Meditate and come up with a mantra to help you work through what is going on.  Like “I am calm.”  “I am at peace.” and then use that as you breathe deeply for a round of 3 breaths.
  • I teach my group and yoga class progressive muscle relaxation before bed.  You can also do it at your desk.  Start at your head and work your way down to your toes by practicing tightening and relaxing all the muscles groups or even saying out loud that you are relaxing the muscles and that you feel deeply relaxed.
  • Go get a hug from someone if you can.  Oxytocin is then released and that can also help you.
  • Light a candle, put on aromatherapy or cut an orange.  Scents can actually help you relax.
  • Get creative with your art or take a walk.  Listen to music.
  • Tale time for yourself daily with yoga or even expressing what makes you happy.
  • Understand that this time will pass, but seek a counselor (even online) should you feel like things are really beyond your control right now.

This is a year none of us expected all over the world.  I don’t think we have anything to compare it to.

In case you are looking for a few more things to help you calm down each night, here are a few references and things that I use:


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