Sometimes when I’m feeling overwhelmed, worried or stressed, meditation will help me focus on my breathing and help me ground myself. For me, this is during difficult conversations, during an overwhelming day or when my mind is still racing at the end of the day. When I’m in a situation like this and these feelings arise, I have a place to briefly shift my focus to my grounding, which helps me keep calm and overcome any busy thoughts.
Learning to apply meditation to positive aspects of my life helps me approach life and situations with more confidence.
I think my surroundings have played a huge part in who I am. My friends, workplaces and home life have all had an effect on me. Talking about my feelings, both positive and negative, takes courage, but if I’m aware the environment is negative, I think it’s important to focus time and energy on changing it - whether by trying to work on it and improve it, or by removing myself. Opening up is still important, and I know I should still do it, but I know I feel even better in the long term if I’ve got the surroundings right too and I’m living in a supportive environment too.
In my experience, surroundings that need changing can be as simple as that friend or family member who never has nice things to say, or as complicated as a toxic workplace or home life. From past experience, once I have made a surroundings change and have created a positive, new environment, I notice new waves of energy that I thought I never would’ve had!
Once my energy has been put into making that change, I can soak up the vibe of the new environment and use that energy for something that excites me. Making positive changes to my surroundings has been one of the best influences on my mental wellbeing.
If it was possible to send a note back to yourself when you needed the most help, what would you write?