First of all, this week’s pictures will be coming to you straight from Pictured Rocks in the good ol’ UP! I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I have been enjoying the experience. Secondly, thank you all for the wonderful responses on last week’s post! Jamma gave me the idea of writing a follow-up for emotional healing coping techniques and I thought it was a wonderful idea! So let’s dive in and not waste anymore time.
Like I stated last week, emotional healing is wonderful work, but can be exhausting. While doing this good work, we need to also make sure we’re staying balanced so we’re not constantly on empty. All too often, I’ve fallen into the trap of doing a lot of emotional healing without checking myself and I end up physically and mentally drained. There are some great techniques I use to help balance the work with the play. Because, if you take life too seriously, you’ll never get out alive. Thank you Elbert Hubbard for that quote!
On to the coping!
The easiest technique is breathing. Yes, you read that right. Your breath is so incredibly important! It provides fresh oxygen to your blood which delivers it all over your body. It helps calm you down and think clearly. It connects your mind to your body allowing for development or relaxation. It’s an extremely powerful tool. I’d like you to try something next time you feel emotionally drained, overwhelmed, or anxious. Breathe in through your nose for four counts, hold for four counts, and slowly release your breath through your mouth for eight counts. Repeat this as many times as needed until you feel calmed. You can also breathe in for four counts and out for four. For both exercises, focus on your breath. How does it feel? Where does it go in your body? Is it releasing tension and where? Can you feel yourself calming down? While breathing in and out you can count or repeat the words “in”, and “out”, or you can say positive affirmations like, “Breathe in healing, breath out love.” Anything to bring awareness to your body, mind, and soul. It’s easy to get caught up in emotional healing so it’s good to slow down and reconnect with the breath to create peace within so there can be peace in the rest of our lives.
Connecting with nature
My favorite way to unwind and cope with emotional healing pangs is connecting with nature. Clearly! Check out these amazing pictures from Pictured Rocks!!! Anyway, whether it’s sitting outside with my chickens, ducks, and dogs, tending to my gardens, going for a hike in the woods, fishing, or taking a nice afternoon kayak trip with my husband, I like to get out in nature as much as possible. Connecting with nature is the purest way to heal. Mother Nature provides a sense of calm and connection. She keeps us grounded so we can focus on what’s important. She brings us back to our wild roots our souls so desperately crave. I challenge you, the next time you’re feeling disconnected or fatigued from emotional healing, go step outside and strike your best mountain pose. Stand in the grass with bare feet. Stomp them as hard as you can into the ground. Feel the energy from the earth fill you with everything you need. Stand there in silence with deep breath and contemplation for a few moments and feel grateful for the time you’ve given yourself in nature. Even if it is just striking mountain pose in your yard. Enjoy it!
Speaking of poses, yoga is another great way to balance yourself when you’re feeling like you need to slow down and reconnect. It brings conscious movement into your body while also helping you focus your mind on one thing, which is often hard to do. Get in a good routine of practicing yoga or consciously moving or exercising your body and your mind will thank you. You’ll burn off any extra anxieties, you’ll connect your mind body and spirit, and you’ll slow yourself down enough to allow for mental relaxation and rejuvenation. Yoga can be healing on so many different levels, and by levels I mean mentally, physically, and emotionally. That’s what’s so phenomenal about it! You can do yoga practically anywhere, too! So roll out your mat and enjoy some time doing your favorite yoga practice to ease your worried mind, or keep yourself in balance.
In today’s fast pace society, we see resting and relaxing as a negative, when really it’s a huge positive. Emotional healing can be not only mentally exhausting, but also physically draining so it’s important to listen to our bodies and relax. Take a nap. Sit down and read a book or watch a movie. Do some sort of art project like drawing, coloring, or a puzzle. Take a hot bath, go for a walk, or simply enjoy some hot tea. Find different ways to relax so your body can recuperate from its important healing journey. Like I said earlier, listen to your body. If it’s telling you it’s tired, then it’s tired. Relax baby, everything’s gonna be alright!
If you noticed, there’s a common theme throughout this post. Balance. Emotional healing is a lot of hard work and if you don’t balance your life you’ll end up feeling the negative side affects like mental and physical fatigue, short temper, inability to rest or focus, and more. In order to continue on your healing path in a healthy manner, it’s crucial to find a work/life/play balance. Use these tips, find some of your own, and see how well they work for you. Your mind will be thanking you in no time!
Thank you for tuning in again today. Please let us know how you unwind during your emotional healing journey! While we have many more great ideas, we’d love to hear from our community.