This has been a year of transition for my husband and me. All wonderful, positive, exciting things – new jobs, new programs, new passions (hello, Made to Glow!), completing my Masters of Public Health degree, and now a huge cross-country move back east next month for my new job and to live closer to family. However, the past few months in particular, with endless networking and job interviews, flights back and forth, and not knowing where we’ll be living at the end of the year, started to take their toll.
I wanted to feel settled. Somewhere. I wanted to know what I’d be doing, where we’d be living. I could feel the uncertainty of it all. My body was beginning to show signs of exhaustion and pain – after all, transitional periods can be hard, especially for people who like to plan and be in control (or at least feel like it).
But, I knew I had to chill.
I decided I had to stop worrying about it all. It would and will fall into place. I went back to my old favorite… a meditation and mantra that helped me through the “not knowing” periods of the past couple of years. Those times when you’re waiting on something that is out of your hands — when you can’t control whatever that something is. Now, this mantra and meditation seems perfect for my current situation. So simple, yet very powerful.
When you catch yourself worrying about something you can’t control: take a moment, acknowledge your worries (maybe even acknowledge a few things you’re thankful for as well), take a deep breath, and think to yourself, ‘let go’.
I like to take a long, full deep breath in while saying to myself (either in my head or out loud) “let” and a long deep breath out on the “go”.
Almost like you’re saying to yourself: let go of this. of that. of wanting to control the future. of wanting to control the past.
No judgement. No worrying. Just breathe.
Made to Glow Self-Care Tip: Try to do this exercise for a few minutes. When you find your mind wandering (it inevitably will), accept what goes through your head, gently acknowledge your thoughts, and bring your mind and breath back to “let go”.
I also like to do a quick body scan to unclench my muscles (as in this exercise). As stress makes me very tight, unclenching is helpful to getting my body and my mind to relax. As we get closer to the holidays, this would also be helpful during those stressful times at family functions, at work, and at times when we feel overloaded.
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