Five Minute Fixes for Fear and Overwhelm
Guest Post by Emma Shields
IF YOU’RE RUNNING YOUR OWN BIZ, YOU’D BE FAMILIAR WITH THE PHENOMENON OF FEAR AND OVERWHELM: YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU JUST FEEL STUCK, PARALYSED, NOT SURE WHICH CHOICE TO MAKE OR ACTION TO TAKE.
YOU HAVE DEADLINES LOOMING, THE PRESSURE IS MOUNTING, AND YOU’RE BLOCKED. YOU NEED TO GET OUT OF YOUR OVERWHELM RIGHT NOW SO YOU CAN GET BACK TO CHANGING THE WORLD.
Here are five practices, designed to break the fear cycle and get you out of your head and into your body in five minutes or less.
Get out into the sunlight. See the sky, take off your shoes and feel the grass tickle your toes. Close your eyes. Feel the heat on your skin. Take some deep breaths and smell the air. Tune in to the sounds around you. Become still. Fully engage with the present moment, and drop into the sensations in your body.
You can use a mantra such as So-Hum; you can count the length of each inhale and exhale, or you can do as many rounds of Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) as you can fit into five minutes. Whatever you’re most comfortable with, do that. Breath is the bridge between the inner and outer realities. Deep breathing will calm the nervous system and bring your attention to the present moment.
Go for a brisk walk. Put on your favourite tune, plug in the headphones and dance (in the bathroom cubicle if you’re embarrassed to do it in public... because that’s not weird at all!). Have a quickie, on your own or with a partner. Or you can shake it out: Start with your right foot, shake it as hard as possible to the count of 10. Then your whole leg. Then the left foot and left leg. Then the right hand, then the right arm, then the left hand and arm. Then fold forward and gently shake your head - back to front, side to side. Then stand up again and shake your whole body like you know how.
Then stand in stillness for 2 minutes, to balance out the movement. Listen to your heartbeat. You’ve just expressed and released some negative energy, so take a standing Savasana (resting pose) to integrate. Make sure you smooth your hair after this one!
Get a bottle of essential oil and sniff it - simple. Smell affects the limbic system, which is responsible for the storage and release of emotional trauma. You can immediately calm your body with the right scent.
Make sure you get 100% therapeutic grade, pure, essential oil - these have a high vibrational frequency, and you don’t want any nasties entering your system through inferior quality oil. Lavender is proven to calm the nervous system, as is frankincense, balsam fir, basil, cedar wood, and sandalwood. You can purchase calming blends from your local aromatherapist or get them to custom-make a blend for you.
MAKE SOME NOISE.
This is especially good if you work from home or drive to work, as you may want privacy. Get a pillow or lock yourself in the car and scream, as loud as you can, connecting deeply to your pelvis. Give yourself permission to vocalise all that frustration, fear, shame, guilt.. whatever is building up in your energy field. Sound is the end of feeling. When you express vocally, you are releasing emotion and ending the cycle of repression. Done regularly, this will also enhance your creativity and self-expression - benefiting your business (and sex life!) in the long run.
These practices work for me and I’d love to know if they resonate with you.
ABOUT EMMA SHIELDS
Emma is a multi-passionate, self-love junkie who loves supporting people on their journey to wellness. Since suffering from adrenal burnout and a host of related conditions, she's dedicated herself to personal healing and growth, and encouraging others to find their own unique path. By day, she's a yoga teacher, virtual assistant and event coordinator for wellness entrepreneurs, and outside of that you’ll see her salsa dancing, travelling and eating raw desserts!