How to Deal When you Feel the Weight of the World on Your Shoulders
The response from last week's post was lovely. So many of you reached out privately and asked if I had been in your head and following you around....
Your response prompted a follow up of more simple tricks you could do to help alleviate the weight you've been carrying around.
How did you get this way you may find yourself questioning. How on earth did I allow all this stuff to be piled on top of me? It's so much, I'm not sure if I can bear it all any more; I feel like I'm suffocating.
Relax. For you are far from alone. So many feel this way. Remember when I addressed multi tasking in the last blog post. This falls into this arena. When you are doing too much, you are doing too much!
Address one task at a time. Here's a typical type day for me:
- Feed the Lions (aka cats)
- Make the daily cappucinno
- Dailies - you know the daily channeled messages
- Chat with group members and students
- Gym/Walk in the woods - or both
- Submit lecture proposals to destinations
- Grade Student homework
- New Project - oracle deck
- Book Proposal
- Clean house - maybe
- Radio/TV/Podcast gigs
- Detox Bath
- Blah, blah blah
I'm no different than you; much on the plate. If one looks at their To Do List in one glance it is overwhelming! However, I LOVE making the list and then crossing off as each project is complete. It's the OCD in me, but then once I see how much has been completed, I am much easier on myself when it's time to relax or my soul says stop and it's time to rest.
However I do address a good deal of this on a daily basis. How? By addressing one item at a time with complete focus. Trust me, there are times I do circuits around our home. There are days I feel like it's pure dribble coming out of my mouth and on some days it is. However, each task at hand is given my full attention; therefore more is done in a day than if I truly bounced around from task to task without a thought.
I have found my escapes. Those things I can do that allows my mind to wander; painting walls (it's legendary in our family how much I do paint), gardening, walking the sacred woods near our home. Even with each one of these tasks I focus, allow and BE.
Give it a whirl. What are your favorite meandering things to do? These in many ways are Acts of Self Love - thanks to Chamuel for the reminder that we all need to do them on a daily basis.
What else can I do to lift the weight off my shoulders?
There are so many kinds of yoga out there; Hot, Power, Gentle, Swaroopa, Hatha, Kundalini, Vinyasa... well you get the idea. Each one offers a way to BE. Discover which one speaks to you.
However, if going to a yoga studio or class feels somewhat intimidating, not a problem. In the comfort of your home, in your jammies, you can still do a few simple poses:
Child's Pose - This pose gently relaxes muscles on the front of your body while reducing stress and fatigue.
Supported Corpse Pose - You lay on your back with a bolster underneath your upper back. This relaxes the tension in the front of your body (heart) as your shoulders softly drop to the ground. It's more beneficial if your palms face upwards (helps to open your heart and shoulders more)
Legs Up The Wall - Truly that is what the pose is called! You lay on your back as close as you can with your butt touching the wall. Relax your legs on the wall, hands facing upwards. This pose is known to aid in digestion, relax the body to allow a more restorative sleep and much more.
With each of these poses, as any yoga poses, the key is to relax and breathe. Hold each pose, while breathing, for a minimum of 20 seconds. Your body is tense and it's going to take more than a moment to relax it. As you continue to relax and breathe, your body often twitches to the next level of relaxation. As the saying goes, go with the flow and breathe.
Meditation Eases the Mind
Certainly quieting the mind is often prescribed, but seems unobtainable.
If you are new to meditation, may I suggest a few things:
- Call on Archangel Michael first - He helps to protect you in every way possible including the spiritual side. By having him in your corner you can better relax and enjoy meditation.
- Begin with guided meditation. There are countless phone apps and youtube videos. The best ones are suggestive. They will not be specific in what you are to see or feel. Why? Everyone is different and therefore will respond differently to suggestions.
- Yes, yes yes, I AM working on those blessed guided meditations - 15 in all and two beautiful goddesses have just stepped forward to help me edit them. Hopefully they shall be released soon.
Why is meditation suggested? Oh for soooo many reasons! It doesn't take long, but of course one can meditate for hours if desired. But even a quick five minute meditation can expand your horizons, ease your mind and yes, lift the weight off your shoulders.
Give it a try.
Eat properly for YOU
This is a common tactic of mine to get you back on track.
In fact, via social media I recently saw a meme... Why do we eat cookies, cakes, ice cream when stressed? Because desserts is stressed spelled backwards!
While there is great truth in that, we all know all that sugar stuff is mind, body and soul numbing. Don't get me wrong, it tastes great going down, but the aftermath? Not so much. It actually creates more stress, so you crave more and the cycle continues.
Me? I prefer vegetarian, but know me well enough that my body needs beef periodically. It's an iron thing. When do I need this? Typically when tired for extended periods which of course leads to stress. When I am in my optimum mode, I dig for fruit in the bowl on the kitchen table, stay away from breads and pasta and my favorite; pizza. Yes it is very yummy, but not so much the next day.
It's a simple question to ask yourself:
Will this food fuel or dull me?
You will get an immediate answer. It is up to you to decide from there; free will and all.
Thanks to my eldest I am more determined to be thin and strong this year. Therefore I am becoming more conscious (as I had slipped) of what is going in my mouth and am working with a personal trainer. Both are helping tremendously with easing the weight off my shoulders. Why? I'm taking back the control of my life in all various kinds of ways.
Why do these suggestions help in releasing the weight off my shoulders?
Simply because you are taking care of you. You are saying YES to you.
You are realizing and honoring more your worth and embracing you.
If you acknowledge you, the universe follows suit.
People will come in your life to support you in various arenas.
People will tell you how much you mean to them.
You realize it is not a competition, but a life to BE shared.
Ahhhhh... feel that weight lifting now?
Need more help in the ahem, weight lifting? Pop me a note, it may be time for a three-month mentorship program so we can dig deep together and soar even higher than possibly imagined.
Archangel Uriel's Channeled Mandala
Chosen specifically to remind you that
YOU are safe to BE YOU
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