BY: Beauty & the Beat Blog ON: February 13, 2017 IN: Beauty, Yoga
Hi B&B friends! I started Yoga Teacher Training this year and the experience has been nothing short of life-changing. In addition to learning about the different ways to teach and enhance my personal practice of this beautiful act of meditation in motion, I’ve also learned to look deeper within.
One of my biggest struggles over the past several months has been worrying. I worry about my drive to work, and while I’m in the car, I worry about being late to work, when I get to work I worry about meetings and project deadlines, then my mind drifts to worrying about what’s for dinner… the bottom line: There’s just a whole bunch of worry, worry and more worry! With worry comes anxiety; with anxiety comes stress and negative self-talk; and with these things comes an unhealthy body and an unhappy life.
It’s truly exhausting and this blog post is a PSA to flip the script and start exalting ourselves! (It’s OK to practice self-care. It doesn’t make us selfish!)
One of my yoga teachers said when you think negative thoughts, ask yourself: “How is this serving me now?”
This is such of a powerful question to ask.
What we think, eventually becomes what we speak. Our words have power and the more we speak negative things, the more we start to believe them. We must be cautious of the thoughts we entertain because they can dictate so many aspects of our lives.
How is spending your entire morning worrying about what you have to do at 6 p.m. serving you during those moments of worrying? Is any value being added to your well-being in the moments these thoughts are actually taking place? The truth is, these thoughts are adding zero value, and are likely causing more harm than good.
During our moments of worrying, we lose sight of the present and there is no freedom like being in the now. What I mean by being in the now is shifting our thoughts from worrying to being aware of and thankful for the good things in life. For example, instead of worrying about traffic, I thank God for the fact that my brain is working, my heart is beating and my body is healthy. Or, I focus on my breath and think of the people think of the people who I love and how happy we make each other. This simple act alone has worked wonders in my life.
So, the next time you feel anxiety or start worrying about what’s next, ask yourself: How is this serving me now? The more we seek and acknowledge the good in the present, the more worrying and anxiety will decrease.