How to Manage Anxiety in Five Simple Steps

anxiety Jan 10, 2019

Supportive family, interesting friends, a thriving career, fulfilling relationships, plus a smattering of enriching outside interests are socially accepted as indicators of success and fulfillment...

Outwardly, attain any one of these, and we appear as a thriving individual, living a life rich with opportunity and community.

But inwardly, a secret shame hides in the shadows for so many of us, smothering our courage and trampling our dreams.

That lurking unwanted guest is anxiety.

Feeling overwhelmed robs us of the joys of an abundant life. Like a floodlight, it blinds us with its intensity, halting us mid-step. Couple this paralysis in keeping up the appearance of success and daily life loses its ease and magic. 

Fortunately, we don’t have to live with the glare of anxiety anymore and the solution is simple: turn the light around.

Taoist Wisdom, the teachings borne from an ancient lineage of Eastern healers, devised the solution to authentic living thousands of years ago. That time-tested method, termed turn the light around, is a natural way to refocus our emotions and take control of our destinies.

Turning the light around provides a sanctuary, even if only for a few minutes, from outside stimuli into a place where self-illumination reconnects us with personal power.

When we turn the light around, we take back our power and our energy.

Follow these five simple steps:

  1. To turn your light around, take three-minute breaks several times throughout your day.
  2. Place your hands on your tummy, one over another with your thumbs on your bellybutton and your palms resting just below your navel.
  3. Close your eyes and inhale through your nose. Allow it to flow deeply so you notice the belly moving under your palms. Also exhale through the nose.
  4. Next, without forcing or trying to control your breath, simply observe. Feel the cool air flow in through your nostrils. Follow its path. Does your breathe radiate down your torso into your lower tummy? Does it get caught in your jaw or neck? There is no wrong or right way here. You are simply observing; you are turning your awareness inward and allowing yourself to have your full attention.
  5. Do this even when you are not feeling particularly anxious or overwhelmed. Build the habit of looking inward. Recognize and befriend the authentic part of yourself who is strong, empowered, and in control. Your deep breathing will lead you to this person!

Deep, mindful breathing is the fastest way to ground into the comfort of the physical body and disconnect from looping negative thoughts overrunning the mind.

Like implementing any new habit, turning the light around takes courage and commitment, but the rewards far outweigh the practice. Imagine a life free from the hidden suffering of anxiety.

The best part? You don't have to take my word for it…try it out and see for yourself! Three minutes throughout your day, for five simple steps, is all it takes to get started.

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