SOS: A Mind Exercise for Managing Anxiety ~
When we’re feeling anxiety, it’s usually directly related to the levels of uncertainty we’re experiencing. In normal times, managing anxiety has been an individual matter and has to do with being okay with not knowing what’s going to happen.
However, due to the pandemic, society in general is experiencing existential levels of uncertainty, which in turn increases our collective levels of anxiety. None of us knows what’s going to happen! Whether it be reopening the schools, the upcoming election or handling economic stress, being able to focus your attention on something positive may simply seem out of the question.
These feelings can come on suddenly and be very overwhelming. For example, the other day I went to the grocery store and while waiting in line, I could feel myself starting to get elevated. Even though the actual situation wasn’t all that bad, I was keenly aware of a malaise and emotional backdrop made up of fear, dissatisfaction and anxiety.
Thank goodness I quickly released my agreement to buy into it and then went through this handy exercise once I got home to help me gently separate from the panic and keep my thoughts from running away too far!
Managing Anxiety in the Midst of Collective Fear uses affirmations and the Intuitive Learning Circles™ that can help when you are:
- Picking up on anxiety around you
- Getting anxious about an important decision
- Experiencing performance anxiety
- Overstimulated or feeling under attack
- Feeling dizzy or overwhelmed
- Unable to follow through due to anxiety.
Set aside about ten to fifteen minutes. Start by reading the directions: Gaze at each Circle for approximately two minutes. A longer or shorter time may be necessary. Let yourself breathe and relax as much as possible.
Here’s an example of how the Circles can help you restore balance when you’re managing anxiety:
Contemplate the positive affirmations that go with this Circle for a minute or so:
“I focus them so that I can feel calmer and concentrate on what’s important.”
“I use them to help me be more aware of my surroundings and what I’m doing.”
“I focus on thoughts and actions that are helpful and in my best interest.”
The Circle may seem to move, spin or even change color. That means that it’s working. Just keep breathing and let the energy move. Once it calms down, your emotional state may improve as well. Then you’ll be ready to continue with the exercise.
Mind Body Integration
Feel free to move at anytime in any way to help you embody your experience!
This exercise will help you slow down, pull your thoughts together and help you take good care of yourself.
Step One: Awareness
Breathe in and gently gaze at the Circle. While you exhale, affirm to yourself:
“I am connected, aware and guided by the truth.”
“Taking good care of myself is important.”
Step Two – Balance
It may feel like you’re all off balance or whirling like a top. Keep breathing and let this Circle help you get more balanced again.
Pay special attention to your tailbone.
Step Three – Protection
Continue to breathe and imagine yourself in an environment that’s very safe and peaceful.
You are completely protected here.
Step Four ~ Clarity
Let this Circle help you turn the volume down on your senses. They could be turned up too high. You can calm down and see things as they really are. Move if you need to. Let your shoulders drop.
“I can see the light in a dark situation.”
Be sure to do that both crossed and uncrossed over the midline of your body.
Step Five – Slow Motion
Your mind might be hurried, spinning or frenzied, so let this Circle help you imagine that everything’s slowing down. It’s okay to slow down… moving in slow motion.
Again, do that both crossed and uncrossed over the midline of your body.
Step Six – Trust
Let your belly relax where your ribs go up in the front.
It’s okay for you to relax there and breathe as deeply as you want.
It’s okay for you to just be. Things are getting sorted out now.
Step Seven – Steadfast
Use this Circle to focus in on your heart.
Your heartbeat is steady and getting calmer by the minute.
You are okay.
Step Eight – Breath
Let this Circle help you open up your breath now.
Your lungs work together with your heart to keep oxygen flowing through you.
Breathing in the breath of life and exhaling…
Step Nine – Equilibrium
It’s important to keep breathing.
Your diaphragm works together with your heart and lungs to help you breathe.
You are okay. Your breathing is okay.
Step Ten – Resolution
As you gaze at this Circle, you can deactivate the overstimulated parts of your brain. Just keep breathing and say to yourself:
“I am calming down. Everything is relaxing.”
Step Eleven – Release
Imagine that you’re completely surrounded by a sphere of light filled with strength, courage and determination. Take as long as you like with this.
“I am filled with strength and determination.
I am strong and deflect the excess energy of collective anxiety.”
Step Twelve – Emotional Freedom
Dissolve your connection to the mental and emotional malaise that’s behind our collective anxiety. Use this symbol for dissolving destructive blueprints to clear the patterns from your mental continuum and send them to the Sun to be purified.
Then, collapse the energetic sewers that spread the malaise.
Finish this formula by closing the doors in your mind that lead to collective anxiety and fear.
After you’ve gone through the entire formula, consider taking a brisk walk or exercising to help discharge your excess energy. When you’re ready, see if you can take action on some of the ideas that come to mind.
Managing Anxiety in Times of Collective Fear is a self-care formula from Rheanni Lightwater’s newest collection developed especially for the pandemic, called SOS – Shelter from the Storm.
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Managing Anxiety should not be considered as an exclusive method of treatment. The appropriate medical or psychotherapeutic authorities should be consulted for the diagnosis and treatment of any medical or psychological condition. If you are having thoughts of suicide or extreme panic, call 911 or seek help immediately. The information and practices described on this website are best considered as an adjunct to orthodox medical or psychological treatments.