If you are like me, you love yoga because it has given you a precious set of tools to deal with negative feelings.
It’s totally normal if emotions get tricky for you. More than ever we are bombarded with images of people having it all together, living life happily, being in perfect relationships, having stunning bodies and traveling to the most gorgeous places in the world. No wonder we feel like crap watching it when we are not in such a happy place this very moment.
It’s also our nature that we want to control and fix everything instead of really feeling vulnerable and feeling pain.
But life is not always wonderful and going our way and it doesn’t need to be. Instead of reacting to every little thought or emotion, we can learn with mindfulness practices like yoga and meditation to respond to life’s challenges in ways that not only serve us better, but everyone around us too.
Here are 3 simple, effective ways how you can navigate negative feelings:
1. Give it a name
The best way to give ourselves a little moment of space is to name how we are feeling. It can be as simple as “sad” or “confused” and you will see that the first step is to acknowledge the emotion in order to let it go. This guided meditation will help you to check in with your self and find clarity what to do next.
2. Accept how you feel
Now that you have given your feeling a name you can better deal with it, you have created a space to look at it with a little distance and you can now accept that you are feeling this way. We all have feelings of shame, guilt, failure, sadness……know that you are not alone and that you have a right to feel this way. Stop beating yourself up first and rather treat yourself like you would treat your best friend in this moment. What would you tell her? Can you just hold space for yourself and listen, soften, breathe?
3. Move your body
The best you can do next is probably to move your body, do some stretches or yoga, get some fresh air, take a walk in nature. Most sensations or feelings are only really intense and overwhelming for about a minute, when we feel stuck and don’t see a way out. If you manage to stay with it, doing steps 1 and 2, you will probably already feel a gentle shift. Maybe things don’t look so bad after all. Maybe you don’t have to take the situation so personal. Maybe you responded out of an old story that is no longer valid for you and it’s time to move on.
We practice yoga and mindfulness to change the story in our head and to unravel what is blocking our joy and our vibrancy. What are your best tools?
If you feel that a situation is too challenging and overwhelming, so that you cannot shift it alone, please don’t hesitate to ask for help. Talk to a close friend or find professional support. There is absolutely nothing wrong with you feeling overwhelmed or struggeling. Better days are just around the corner, dear friend. Don’t give up.
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