In this blog post, I hope to help you learn how to connect with yourself when anxiety has taken over, and you may feel like you don’t even truly know yourself.
It’s like when a lover or your best friend does something completely out of character and you ask them “Who are you even right now?”
This is how those physical symptoms can cause you to feel, like your body is the enemy.
When you learn to connect with yourself when symptoms pop up or weird feelings appear, you’ll be able to identify your triggers and approach them from a kinder, more mindful perspective.
Embrace your feelings
You’re allowed to feel however you feel, your feelings are valid. Even if you yourself think you’re being dramatic or if someone tells you you are, you can’t help how you feel.
Instead of hating yourself or being angry with yourself for feeling a certain way, embrace how you feel, tell your body it’s okay and sit with it for a while before trying to figure out why you feel the way you do.
You can’t express empathy and understanding for others if you can’t allow yourself the same kindness.
Ask yourself empowering questions
When you keep asking yourself questions like, “Why does this always happen to me?” or “Why do I always feel this way?” your brain will come up with an answer that most likely won’t help you feel any better such as… “I’m not good enough” or “I’m not smart enough.”
But when you start asking empowering questions like, “How can I appreciate myself more?” your brain will start to come up with answers that will help you to feel much better and allow you to reconnect with yourself on a deeper level.
As Tony Robbins suggests, ask yourself empowering questions like:
“What am I most grateful for in my life right now?”
“Who do I love?”
“What am I most excited about right now?”
Those are just a few, get creative with it, but keep the questions positive and uplifting.
Do something you love every day
This is so important to keep you feeling happy and fulfilled but too many of us neglect those things we love for many different reasons that usually just sound like excuses.
I do this too (with my singing), but I am working through it.
You deserve to feel endless joy and excitement and by allowing yourself to do something that sets your heart on fire, you open yourself up to boundless possibilities. This is a beautiful way to connect with yourself on a spiritual level.
Connect with your physical body
Of course, you need to connect with your physical self too, you want to get intimate and familiar with your own body so you feel more attuned to it and can understand why certain symptoms keep happening.
I became so much more connected with my physical body when I started doing yoga and started to stretch out areas I had never even paid attention to before.
Of course, this doesn’t have to be yoga for you, it can be anything that allows you to be physically active, be it dancing around to your favorite tunes or spending time doing some gentle stretching every morning and night.
Just make sure it becomes a habit for you, you deserve it. You’ll intuitively know what you are most drawn to.