It’s no secret that we’re all carrying more on our shoulders. For most parents, we look back at what used to worry us in the days before a global pandemic and near constant news of our seemingly divided country, and it all seems so trivial.
The anxiety and stress that we feel each day weighs a bit heavier because we know we’re limited in our power to change it. Don’t get me wrong, we can all be doing our part to make the world a better place, but these are challenges that are bigger than any one person, and that’s hard to comprehend.
The stress and anxiety of today’s world is taking a physical toll. A heavy chest, an upset stomach, headaches, fatigue, it’s all real. While we can’t solve the world’s problems, we can take steps to connect with our bodies and reduce the physical strain we’re experiencing.
In this week’s episode, I’m blessed to be joined by Lu Johnson, holistic somatic therapist, Founder of Lu Johnson Therapy and creator of the Therapy & the Body podcast. Lu does incredible work and reminded me of the interconnectedness of the body and mind and the power of using your body as an informative tool when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
A few tips to gain insight from your body when emotions begin to impede your everyday life:
- Say It Out Loud – In the moment when you start feeling emotions in your body, stop, put your feet on the ground, and ask yourself where your emotions are being “felt.” Take notice and name it. Saying “I feel tightness in my chest,” allows you to take control.
- Just Breathe – Take two minutes to breathe deeply into the place where you see those physical sensations. Breathing releases tension and discomfort.
- It’s OK To Let It Out – Don’t suppress your emotions. If you feel tears coming, let them out. My conversation with Lu got emotional, and it’s ok! Small emotional releases allow you to regulate and get back to yourself and your productivity in an honest way.
- Use Your Healing Energy – If a place in your body feels tight, place your hand there and imagine white light and breaths moving into that tight space. Trust me I was a yoga teacher for a long time and learned early on we each hold healing energy in our hands, you just need to put your mind to it.
To learn more about natural methods to help in easing the physical pain brought on by mental angst, listen to my enlightening conversation with Lu Johnson on this week’s episode of the Going Beyond Podcast. Click the link below or listen on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, or GooglePlay!
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