Today I’m going to talk about using some of the components of religion during the hard, stressful moments that mundane life throws at you.
If you’re like me at all then when outside “mundane” things get tough, I forget to connect back to my faith because I’m so overwhelmed. It’s something I’m working on, and maybe this will help you too.
Please note that this advice does not take the place of professional medical care, such as a therapist.
So, what do you do when things get heavy and you just feel like you can’t go on?
You go on.
The other day I was thinking about how nice it would be to just run away from all my problems, all the bills and phone calls and sick family members. How light and free I would feel, to just have a moment to breathe. So, that’s what I did.
1. Take a tech timeout. Sometimes, when things get rough, the emails, Facebook notifications, text messages etc. are just too much. So just shut everything down, put a “do not disturb” sign on the door and give yourself a moment to breathe. I like to breathe in through my nose for 4 counts and out through my mouth for 3 counts. This breathing pattern tells your brain that everything is ok. It relieves anxiety, which I struggle with. So, just breathe. Even the most important things in your life can wait just a moment. I had to drill the following into my head: you can’t help anyone else if you don’t help yourself first.
2. Meditate. Instead of just sitting in your room and trying to clear your mind, give your mind something to do. If I just sit in a room and try to calm down, the opposite usually happens. So when taking a few minutes to breathe doesn’t work, I lay down, close my eyes and put on a guided meditation from YouTube. I love The Honest Guys.
3. Read a Book. Might sound a little odd and not relaxing, but to me it’s a great way to get my mind off of everything. I’ll pick up a witchy book, or a YA Adult Fiction. Something I really love so that I can escape for a bit. If you're feeling up for it, give bibliomancy a try. Think of a question, flip open to a random page, and the first sentence your eyes land on is your message. It's a pretty fun way of divining!
4. Drink something soothing. Visualizing healing, soothing energy as you sip on something soothing can be so healing. Drink in those good vibes. Put on some quite music while you’re reading and sipping on tea. I love Adrian von Ziegler – all his music is available on YouTube. Check out the 4 Hours of Emotional Music.
5. As always, talk to the Divine. Just because things are rough doesn’t mean that They’ve forgotten about you, or They hate you, or They don’t exist anymore. They’re there, They hear you.