With the Thanksgiving Holiday right around the corner the anticipation of seeing family members can trigger anxiety, conflict, and resentment over past issues.
Here are a few tips to help you maintain a sense of inner peace.
- Meditate and Breath Deeply
It's simple. Sit up straight with both feet on the floor. Close your eyes. Focus your attention on reciting -- out loud or silently -- a positive mantra such as "I feel at peace" or "I love myself." Place one hand on your belly to sync the mantra with your breaths. Let any distracting thoughts float by like clouds in the sky.
Take a 5-minute break and focus on your breathing. Slowly inhale through your nose, feeling the breath start in your abdomen and work its way to the top of your head. Reverse the process as you exhale through your mouth.
Notice how the air feels on your face when you're walking and how your feet feel hitting the ground while you walk around the block. Enjoy the texture and taste of each bite of food you are eating at lunch. When you spend time in the moment and focus on your senses, you should start to feel less tense about the situation at hand.
Talk to others -- preferably face to face, or at least on the phone. Share what's going on with you and how you are feeling with them. Share about the upcoming events you have planned and get another perspective while getting things off your chest.
When you follow these few tips, you will feel more at peace, more centered and grounded, and ready to face the Thanksgiving Holiday with a more neutral frame of mind.
After you try these suggestions if you are still feeling anxious or triggered when you think about seeing certain individuals form your past, call me you're not alone. It might be
easier to stay in a peaceful place after I have cleared the triggers that keep getting activated for you so that you are in a place of neutrality from those who used to
trigger you from now on.