Calm Your Raging Storm

27 March

stormDo you ever experience the ups and downs of feeling balanced and in control one day and uncertain and wavering the next? Sometimes the balance lasts for days – even weeks – and then you plummet – again (!) – into the spin of confusion and uncertainty.

The balanced feeling is that sense of being sure of what you’re doing, following your plan, knowing what is yours to do and stepping out confidently to get it done. The spin feels well, mentally spinny! It can manifest a number of ways: feeling like there’s too much to do, feeling like there’s too little time, feeling uncertain of the direction to take, what’s next. You might even question if what you’re doing makes sense and is reasonable.

Sometimes you can put it all aside, get done what you can, only to stop or slow down and find your mental unrest come pouring back in. Sometimes it’s when your head hits the pillow at night and all the thoughts you’ve managed to keep at bay (with or without realizing it) come bubbling up like a cyclone.

We all experience this from time to time and sometimes the shifts between are longer – or shorter. The question is how to manage these feelings when they do arise? How can you bring yourself to a state of calm so that you can weather the storm?

Storms rage – we can’t really keep them at bay. We can, however, prepare for them and have strategies for finding the calm in the storm so we can come back to balance more quickly. When we’re stressed, things often seem bigger and worse than they really are. Knowing that when you’re feeling ‘unglued’ doesn’t really help though. However, acknowledging that truth when you’re feeling balanced and centered can help you with a simple exercise to calm your mind when you’re stressed.

One thing that’s really useful is to take a few deep breaths to start. That does slow down you system so you can ‘unhook’ your mind from the turmoil. Ten deep breaths is ideal, but three is a great start. Next, assure yourself that right where you are, you are safe, complete and whole. Really, in that moment you are fine.

No matter what is or isn’t done, no matter what you think feel or believe – if you can accept that right in that very moment, right where you are all is well and you are safe and protected – then you string several of those moments together. Then string a few more of them together, just reassuring yourself that you are really fine right now just where you are, you become fine. Even if only in that moment. Because as you know, that moment is all you have. And if you can be fine in one moment after another, you can change your life.

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