Past fears sometimes overwhelm me and ruin my entire day. The truth is, I never know when I will get struck by an old experience that throws me for a loop. It gets tiresome, to say the least.
When Past Fears Overwhelm; What We Can Do
“We will do more to avoid pain than we will to gain pleasure.” – Tony Robbins
However, the difference now is that those overwhelming feelings don’t last for long. That’s because I’ve gained tools and understand how to past get these types of onslaughts of past feelings in a matter of hours, sometimes minutes.
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Do you know what to do when overwhelming past fears get us caught off guard? I’d like to share these tips with you.
Drink Lots of Water
“Studies have shown that being just half a liter dehydrated can increase your cortisol levels,” says Amanda Carlson, RD, director of performance nutrition at Athletes’ Performance, a trainer of world-class athletes.
That’s a powerful quote. “Just half a liter dehydrated can increase your cortisol levels”. As a person who has been through anxiety attacks, I know how fast the mouth becomes parched like sandpaper when I experience high levels of anxiety. Naturally then, water is an antidote for some anxiety attacks and the first thing to reach for when the events occur.
Eventually, I also came to realize that drinking water all day long decreased my mood swings and certainly helps prevent over-anxiety from happening in the first place. So, aside from the overwhelming body of evidence that supports the theory that staying properly hydrated helps reduce stress significantly, I personally have found this to be true in my life.
Do you now see the importance of water for our bodies?
Seek Out Negative Ions
The negative ions from a shower or a walk will improve your state of mind every time. Negative ions are normally abundant in mountains, waterfalls, and beaches, however, you will derive a good amount from your shower.
When the negative ions reach our bloodstream, they increase levels of serotonin which helps relieve depression and stress and also gives us a lift in our energy level. You will also receive a fair amount by simply taking a walk around the block.
Hug Your Cat
Those endorphins are priceless and it only takes a minute although you’ll probably feel so good you will do it much longer. It’s proven that physical contact releases the wonderful endorphins that lift our spirits when we feel down. The love of a cat or any pet is so unconditional and given so freely – take it and give in return for an amazing lift in your mood.
Time for EMDR
It’s quick, easy, and it works. The really good news is that through the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), meditation, and my other daily practices of balance, flashes from the past don’t harm me as much as they used to and some don’t harm me at all anymore. EMDR stops past fears in its tracks for me.
Stretch Your Stress Away
This is my favorite, feel-good exercise when those past fears come creeping along. Stretch, yawn and breath out to release all that stressful fear. Stretching is very cool from the get-go because there is no special clothing or equipment necessary to perform this simple technique. In addition, it makes our blood flow which naturally improves circulation and gives relief from tense muscles. Breath deeply into your stretches.
When you exhale, you release not only muscle tension, but also spiritual, mental, and harmful emotional stress too. I promise that after a great stretching session, you feel more relaxed, alert (or drowsy if it’s bedtime), and your day will go smoother.
One suggestion is to start with your feet and move slowly up your body, taking time to really stretch long and strong at each step of the way. If you’d like to do a more formalized stretching process, I’ve provided an infographic of yoga positions for more efficient stretches.
Take a Zen Stress Support Formula Supplement
I buy these from Amazon and keep them on hand for help with sleep or just to relax in the evening. They do cause a bit of drowsiness, so use with caution. They are made all natural ingredients and I find that one in the evening helps me sleep all night with just a touch of a hangover when I wake in the morning.
Use Sage Sticks or Essential Oils
I use this technique of relaxation several times during the day because it is a natural anti-bacterial and I have an indoor cat. While it is true that my use of sage began because I like the idea of an all-natural deodorizer, I soon discovered that while it burns, I get calmer.
I’ve long wondered about smudging with sage and began doing it regularly about 2 years ago. I simply walk around my room and wave the smoldering sage smoke and repeat “Thank you for your service” to all areas of each room.
This then becomes a moment of relaxation for me as well because of the effect of the sage on my own senses.
Healing Music Videos
On this site, you will find several posts that include healing music videos. I’ve also created a playlist on YouTube that I will share here with you. When I feel anxiety coming on and I sit down with my headphones and listen to this type of music, it gets me back on an even keel and helps keep me there when I listen regularly.
Please know that you don’t have to use headphones to derive benefits from this music, but it is of course, a more intense session if you do.
This is a playlist from YouTube of the healing music videos I curated. If you click in the top-left corner of the video below, you will get a drop-down menu of all the videos in the playlist.
“A wall of fear might look like it’s 60 feet high and 60 feet wide but when we find the courage to walk through the wall, we often find that it’s paper thin.” – Unknown
It is my wish that this post provides you with good information I hope you have found ways to relax in a moment of stress. So, let’s stay diligent in our pursuits to be a better person that we were the day before. One way to do this is to keep our tool belt handy and keep it fully stocked with ideas like the ones in this post. That’s how we’re able to find what we need in a moment when we need it the most.