When worry strikes, it can feel like it’s already too late to stop yourself from unraveling. But it’s not. When preparing to leave our house for this trip, I ran around wildly putting away clean clothes and shoving bags in the car and watering the plants I had forgotten about and shining the counter tops. I don’t like leaving things left undone, especially when I know we’ll be returning to it late at night on a work night. I knew right away that what I had neglected to do was set aside time to prepare for our trip. We had only been back home for 30+ hours and would be setting off again. I needed the time to prepare in a way that brought me comfort and peace. Instead, I felt frazzled. But with the help of some of the below tips, I found my calm. The next morning, I woke up at my parents’ house with the entire day ahead of me to prepare for our late afternoon departure. I took time to meditate and practice EFT and write and take things out of my bag that I certainly didn’t need, but had thrown in at a moment of panic.
I hope these resonate with you the next time you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and about to unravel.
7 Ways to Stop Fear in its Tracks
- Stop & breathe. It seems simple, but it can be easily forgotten. Focusing on your breath allows you to realign to the present moment and remember that how you react is your choice. Not to mention, regular intervals of breath are helpful in staying alive…
- Take notice of something beautiful. Look outside of the situation unfolding or situation you fear will unfold. Look at the moon, a butterfly, a stranger helping another stranger. By taking yourself out of your fear and into significant beauty, you’ll likely begin to feel even just a little bit better.
- Remind yourself that you are safe. And worthy. And loved. And capable of feeling peace.
- Walk through the outcome you fear. Calling it by name allows you to face it without ever needing to experience it. Many of our fears do not happen, so to “face” it and let it go frees up time to spend on other more worthwhile thoughts.
- Engage your senses. By focusing on what you see, smell, taste, hear, and feel – your anxieties are given less power. Experience this to help set aside the experience of fear.
- Ask yourself what you need. And commit to meeting those needs now and in the future. If it’s more time to yourself or a day off or a hot bubble bath, grant these wishes immediately. If it’s acceptance or approval to yourself to forgo all commitments, by all means, do that. Fighting off what you soul is calling for will only intensify the worries you’re feeling.
- Forgive yourself for feeling this way. You are not broken. This is not something to feel guilty for. You will heal and take better care of yourself next time. It’s all a learning experience – and sometimes we need to do it again and again to ingrain the lesson in our minds.