Today, 23 June 2019, is Let it Go day.
Created by Thomas and Ruth Roy, this is the day you can use to let go of anything that has been dragging you down or keeping you back lately.
Letting go is not easy, but when you get it right, you are far better off for it! You will see amazing changes in your life and emotional state, guaranteed.
Here are some tips on letting go of stuff that may relate to anxiety and stress – Feel free to add your own methods in the comment section!
Let Go of Anxiety and Fear
Fear is one of the top anxiety-traps. This emotion can keep you from doing a lot of wonderful things with your life and is guaranteed to cause you harm in the long run if you don’t learn to let go of it.
A simple way to start this process of letting go of fear and anxiety, is to write all your fears down, analyze them for truth and probability of happening again, try to replace the fearful thoughts with radiating love and acceptance of yourself, and then simply choose to not let fear and anxiety stop you from being the best you can be.
You may always have anxious or fearful thoughts popping up. It’s okay. Acknowledge them, and move on. Don’t give them the power to rule over you. You are not your thoughts and they can’t control you.
Let Go of Guilt
When you suffer from anxiety, stress or depression even, Guilt is almost always a given part of every day of your life.
You feel guilty about everything, from the smallest little faux pas to feeling guilty about things you are not even involved with. Heck, you might even be feeling guilty right now for wanting to let go of things and bettering yourself in the process…
This type of thinking is terribly unfair towards yourself and completely unnecessary for you to have to deal with it.
Letting go of guilt starts by first eliminating any forms of guilt brought on by actual wrongdoings (intentional or unintentional) you have done.
Make amends for those, it will immediately help to alleviate some of the guilt out of your system.
If you find yourself feeling guilty about things that happened in the past, remember that you would not be the person you are today if you hadn’t gone through those experiences.
The fact that you recognize your wrong doings now and don’t agree with what you did, says that you are a good person with empathy for your fellow human beings. It also shows that you are growing as a person and gaining skills that help you to cope more successfully with situations that may cause you to act differently than what you would normally want to.
Always remember to look at the intent of your actions that are causing you guilt.
Accidents happen, and no human is perfect and faultless.
If you made a mistake and feel guilty about it, good. That means you can learn from your mistakes.But, it’s important not to brood on it. Acknowledge, accept, and let it go…
Let Go of Intrusive Thoughts
Intrusive thoughts are completely normal and almost everybody, if not all, experience them. The difference between normal people and people suffering from anxiety or OCD, for example, is that most people can dismiss such thoughts rather easily and quickly. For the mental health sufferer, it’s not always that easy…
The trick to letting go of such thoughts is to remember to not identify with them. They are not who you are.
Observe your thoughts as you would a conversation between two people at the table next to you in the restaurant.
Remember they are just thoughts. Most thoughts don’t originate from within you anyway, you didn’t “create” these thoughts. Mostly, they are brought on by external experiences or influences. You have no control over that and shouldn’t feel like you should. Best is to observe, acknowledge, and move on.
Talking back to your thoughts also helps! I know this may sound absurd, but talking to your thoughts will help you to accept them and move on easier.
When an intrusive thought pops up, tell the thought something like “I see you, Thought, thank you for bringing this to my attention. I don’t agree with you and will move on with my day now.”
Let Go of Negativity
The best and most efficient way of letting go of negativity is by countering it with positivity every single time. Try to find the best instead of the worst in every situation.
For example, when your mind tells you that you’re not going to be able to make that speech in front of all your friends and family because you are not capable of doing anything in front of a lot of people, then you can counter with something like:
“Gee, thanks, Mind, I appreciate your concern. But, I think this time I will be okay. I will be with my friends and family. It is safe to make a speech with them because they love me for who I am.”
Incorporating positive affirmations into your daily routine will also bring on incredible transformation for you.
Focus on things that bring you joy and practice gratitude on a daily basis. Don’t leave any room for negativity in your heart or your mind. Fill that space with love, joy, and positivity.
Let Go of Worry
“Worry Gives A Small Thing A Big Shadow” ~ Swedish Proverb
Although worrying is good in certain situations, excessive worrying is guaranteed to bring you nothing but, well, more worry! Worrying about something can really not change anything. The only thing that will change something is action.
When you find yourself worrying about something that there is something you can do about, then do that something! One less thing to worry about.
And, when you find yourself worrying about stuff that there is nothing you can do about, STOP immediately. It’s a waste of everything. Find something to do that will keep your mind off the worry. Focus on the things you are grateful for, do anything but worry.
Guided Meditation – Let Go of Anxiety, Fear & Worries
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