Giving yourself time and space to listen deeply

October 10, 2020

Sometimes you just need to allow yourself the time and space to listen a little more deeply.

Some challenging days

The past few days have been hard and wobbly for me, I won’t lie.
I’ve experienced the fear of not knowing where to go and what to do.
My energy levels dropped, and my sleep has been all over the place.
I noticed some recurrent thoughts coming and going, sounding like:

👉There’s so much uncertainty right now that it’s impossible to plan anything.
👉Having to quarantine after travelling to visit my family will make me so disconnected from everyone and I’ll feel so lonely.
👉I don’t know at this stage if I’ll be able to hold all these together.

Those thoughts, along with the decreased energy, triggered self-doubt about my skills and abilities to cope.

Some more thoughts then have come, like:

👉I don’t really know if I’m able to help anyone right now.
👉I don’t even know if I’m good at what I’m doing, if my business will have a future. And so on, and on and on.

Consciously I know that’s not true at all. But still it happens to me to think this way.

I am human and as such I get these moments. Even if I don’t always allow myself to be vulnerable and share them with others.

What I’ve learned

I’ve learnt that whenever I get too disconnected from my body, my needs and I don’t give myself the chance to feel whatever it is that I am feeling, I give way for these thoughts to take a stroll inside my mind.

And if I give them the power to do so, they might even end up getting a full vacation in my mind.

So, these are moments that call for a “back to basics”.
No matter how big my to do list is, I need to slow down and allow myself to just be, to just feel whatever it is I’m feeling. To listen a little more deeply and understand the fears and false beliefs behind it.
I wonder if you’re going through something similar right now, or in the recent months?

🌺Coming back to my breath, with a body scan or a loving kindness meditation really works for me.

🌺Writing down freely, on my journal also helps.

🌺Moving my body in any way, shape and form helps me deal with this sort of anxiety.

🌺Reaching out to my partner for a warm hug or texting a good friend works pretty well too.

🌺Preparing a nice wholesome meal prevents me from bingeing to shut down the wave of emotions.

There’s no one size fits all though. I’m aware that going “back to basics” can mean different things for each of you.

🤔What works best for you to stop anxiety and fears take a vacation in your mind?

If you’re feeling wobbly and need someone to talk, I’m here.
Just leave a comment here or send me an email at info@themindfulbody.ie.

Love 🌷
Dona

Written by Donatella Porceddu

I am a registered psychologist and life coach specialised in emotional eating, body kindness, and mindful eating. I empower women to become the best version of themselves through my comprehensive approach, which combines personal coaching and psychology, leveraging my client’s strengths and building around their opportunities.

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