One of my favorite – favorite practices is a visualization that helps me to calm and relax my body if I’m feeling tense, stressed, and out of sorts. Now, even knowing that you are tense is something that requires a level of self awareness that can take a long time to develop. We might know that we’re stressed, but not realize how much that stress manifests into every part of our bodies.
Example: right now, close your eyes and feel your jaw. Is it bearing down? How much can you loosen and let go of the grit in your teeth? If you’re noticing that, just imagine how stress reverberates into parts of our body that we can’t name and feel.
It’s there friend, I promise. Stress is something EVERYONE talks about because we’re all experiencing it. Life is hard. Things get to us.
And it can feel impossible to know what to do because, in part IT IS IMPOSSIBLE.
Yes. It’s true. It is impossible to work through stress from a place of stress. Your body is chemically unable to allow yourself the space and peace of mind to use thinking brain to solve problems. That’s why sometimes we find ourselves wandering around the house, the office, the internet when we’re under pressure. It’s not that the solution is out there, but some part of us is looking for a distraction to take away this feeling of chaos so we can take care of our shit.
In other words, if something stresses you out, the only way to eliminate the thing that is causing you stress is to come at it from a place of not-stressed.
That’s why I recorded and shared this visualization practice first.
Pro Tip: While it’s fine to watch this video anytime, anywhere, it’s probably not going to be very effective if you’re sitting in a public place and feeling like everyone is watching you. It’s not going to be effective if you’re running errands. And it’s not going to be effective if you’re so busy wondering when it’s going to end that you never actually take the time to try it.
So grab some headphones. Head into a dark room or a place with less outside stimulation. Close your eyes. And let’s get started!
So there it is. I hope this is as helpful for you as it is for me.
Please come back to this video as often as you would like. Use the visualization if you’re having trouble working through something challenging. Come back to it if you need space to clear your head. Come back to it if you can’t sleep. If you keep running the same series of thoughts in your mind. Come back to it on a sunny day when you have nothing else to do – for no reason at all.
Just come back. Keep working at it.
Because the more you practice decompressing/destressing the smallest muscles in your body, the more you are able to work through stress rather than being stuck in it, and the happier you’ll be.
Let’s make it happen. Together.