Hello Sweet Members!
I hope you are doing well and enjoying this ride of summer’s sunshine!
Lots of inquiries about anxiety recently…. and how to “combat” it, “get rid of it”, and “make it go away”.
Unfortunately, if it is part of your mental framework, your mind’s landscape, it’s not (maybe ever) going away.
So, the alternative…
Does that mean live in it, AS it?
Treat it like a child in tantrum, or a puppy who wants to chew everything in sight.
The tantrum is not the child, the puppy is just wanting to play or have attention…
Well, this is your mind on anxiety.
Now, to be honest and fair, I have never had a full blown anxiety/panic attack. So, I want you to know that only you will know if the techniques work on that level of mental dis-ease personally. But, I have had lots of people who have experienced anxiety/panic to that level say that the breathing and yoga techniques have helped them quite a bit.
So, speaking from the place of my own experience, I have a mind which likes to go to some frantically worried places, and I like to live there until I am bailed out/saved…
- Action- Taking actions which alleviate the fear/panic. That means acknowledging the issue, my role in the issue and taking responsibility for my choices and actions up to the point of panic stations in my brain. Then, making choices that provide the antidote, the alleviation of the situation which has caused my mind to lose itself and attack me! (Uh, it’s not called an anxiety/panic ATTACK for nothing. Your mind is literally hurting you, punching you with every round of thinking. Your mind, much like cancer cells, go to war against their host- YOU!)
- Rewiring The Thoughts- As soon as I have a self-aggressive, self-defeatist thought, I either A. Think the opposite thought immediately OR B. Go into gratitude mode and “see” what is around me to recognize the abundance/support in my life OR C. Use a Mantra (OM for example until the brain clears and cleans itself of the erratic chatter).
- I go to my gut. I look to my body for it’s wise healing and I see how I feel in my stomach, my shoulders, my neck, my body. I do some Asana to alleviate and move the “stuck-ness”, the clenching, the gripping. I breathe in and through the physical sensations to drain out the emotional parasites.
- I look straight into my panic and I say: “I don’t believe you.” then, I work with an Affirmation. (Note of truth: This work is new to me. I still feel self-conscious doing this even though I am the only one who can see it! hahah! But somehow, my Ego gets bruised with this one and kicks even more with the panicky thoughts, so I am easing gently into it.) But, it does have an effect! And, so, I continue to experiment and utilize this gift!
So, there you have it. Anxiety Antidotes.
Let me know if there is something you use that really helps you!
Sending you lots of love!–Charry Shakti OM
“Rather than letting our negativity get the better of us, we could acknowledge that right now we feel like a piece of shit and not be squeamish about taking a good look.”
― When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times