”Am I trapped in my own mind? What is stress doing to me? Why am I frustrated all the time? Why can’t I love myself?
Because stress is controlling you and your life.
If we met two years ago, you’d probably describe me as a pessimist and frustrated person. I used to give up on everything that I would do and fail at first attempt. I was sick all the time making endless visits to doctors for unknown illnesses. It sucked because I didn’t know what was happening to me and I was stressed AF trying to understand the whole situation.
Then someone told me that it’s all in my mind. If I fix this, I’ll be fine.
Unknowingly, I created the fuss and mess that I was in. I was the reason why I was sad, depressed and sick. I founded Lifeandash by end of 2016 and this is when things started to change. Most of my thoughts were consumed by my blog and I kept finding ways to fight stress. At that very moment, I was introduced to the documentary film, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (I can’t stop talking about this) and I read the three books (The Secret, The Power & The Magic). This was life-changing for me and I soon realized that I had the power to heal myself and attract all good things. I did so and what I really wished for manifested. I knew right then that I have the key to happiness and peace of mind.
Changing my thoughts was not the only solution. Here’s how I eventually cured stress and depression.
I know it’s hard to sit still, cross-legged and meditate especially when you can’t sit idle for too long. Thus I use guided meditation videos instead before bed which genuinely helps to calm the mind and stay positive along with art therapy. Art therapy helps children and adults express their emotions, fight addictions and combat stress and anxiety. I also find that cooking acts as a therapy for me, when I’m in the kitchen, my mind is focused on the meal I am preparing. It blocks all the other thoughts that come to my mind. Additionally I invest my time reading life-changing books, listening to powerful audio-books, Ted talks, blogging and watch motivational videos.
Affirmations and Gratitude
Ever heard of this?
“Whoever has gratitude will be given more, and he or she will have abundance. Whoever does not have gratitude, even what he or she has will be taken from him or her.”
– Rhonda Byrne
Gratitude is simply a way to express thanks for what you have and what you wish to have. I give thanks all the time be it, on the way to work or when I’m brushing my teeth. I thank the universe and god for blessing me with great parents, for the car that takes me to work each day, for the clean water that I’m drinking or air that I’m breathing. Showing appreciation for the smallest things makes you feel good about life.
You must have heard the power of the word ‘I am’. This is used in Kundalini meditation. I often repeat to myself ”I am strong, happy and loved…” several times a day. Affirmations help to rewire the brain by having positive thoughts and to focus on how we want to be, our goals and dreams.
Be your own best friend, practice self-love and self-care.
Exercise, even if it’s just doing this 7-mins intense workout or some bedtime yoga. Engaging in some physical activities is key to reducing stress. Moreover, eat healthy, drink more water and take your vitamins. Plus go out and get in touch with nature, a little bit of sunshine provide your body with vitamin D.
Write down your goals, plan and focus
Use your time wisely. One of the things that successful people do is they recite their goals when they wake up and before they sleep. I strongly urge you to write down your goals and to start measuring your achievements (small or big). This will act as a life guide.
Breathe, let go of attachments and breathe! And yeah take breaks.
Just let things ride and avoid having too many expectations. Release the need to control everything. Take life easy and learn to enjoy each moment. Take breaks. What happens to a machine that works 24 hours a day and 365 days without servicing and maintenance? It is likely to break down at some point. Same for you, take ‘me time’ often!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post, thank you for dropping by.