It happens to all of us, we all get a little down in the dumps some days, but some days are even worse than others. I had a bad day the other day after a woman was racist to me on the tube. She waited until she was leaving to shout her racial slur before I even realized what was going on. I was embarrassed. I started to wonder what everyone was thinking and why she did it. Negative thoughts can be triggered by something like that, or they can just creep on by themselves.
This two-minute exercise will help you to get rid of some of those negative thoughts, so just remember just how amazing you are. You are strong, you can overcome this. Hopefully, this meditation will get you to a place where you can remember all those things and forget whatever it was that made you doubt yourself.
The first step; wake up, get out of that negative space, and realize what you’re doing. When we have these thoughts we don’t even realize what we’re doing to ourselves. You and only you can wake yourself up. Look around you and ground yourself.
Listen to your surroundings, try to zone out of your thoughts and start to pay attention, what noises can you hear? I listened to the sounds around me, the loud chattering of the tube speeding to its next stop. The birds, the wind, it all helps to make you feel more positive.
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Take a deep breath in. Have you noticed that negative voice in your head criticizing you or putting a downer on everything? It happens. We can’t help but be a bit pessimistic sometimes. Breathe in through your nose and take all those thoughts, worries, and feelings into your chest.
Now breathe out through your mouth, gently and slowly, put all those thoughts in the air you’re breathing and expel them into the air. They’re going away. The next breath you take in will be full of positivity and happiness.
Repeat as necessary and realize that everything is alright, you’re calmer, you have collected yourself and your thoughts. Keep looking around you, are you hungry? Go eat a cupcake, don’t want something sweet? Go get a burger!
My aunt taught me this technique, she told me you don’t have to be stressed to do this, it can be a great thing to do once a day, to help center yourself. So if you have any stress or upset, know it doesn’t rule your day.
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