I have always had anxiety. I used to be so nervous every single day when going to class, sports practice, or literally any social situation.
Actually, let me rephrase that... I am still nervous and uncomfortable in social situations. But - I've since discovered some pretty POWERFUL ways to reduce my levels of anxiety and I cannot wait to share them with you today!
I know a lot of us struggle with anxiety. So, if this is you, then keep on watching for how to smudge to reduce your anxiety with smudging.
Continue reading as we put together 5 specific steps of smudging to reduce your anxiety so you can start feeling calm and at peace.
#1 Identify "What is making you anxious?"
Knowing what’s making you anxious is the first step in resolving the problem. Being able to pinpoint what exactly is causing the worry and stress inside your mind allows you to isolate it so you can target that specific problem with your smudging practice.
When you consider what’s making you anxious, don’t go general. Really get specific! For example, don’t just say ‘school.’ Instead, say ‘the chemistry exam on Tuesday.’
#2 Ask "Why is that thing making you anxious?"
Okay, so you’ve got your answer when it comes to WHAT it is that’s making you anxious. Now you have to figure out WHY that particular thing is giving you grief.
What is it about the upcoming exam that you’re so worried about? Are you worried you won’t be able to finish in time? Are you stressed over the short answer questions? Are you worried you haven’t studied enough?
Knowing the reason behind your anxiety is another step towards finding a way through it
#3 Ask yourself "How do you want to feel instead?"
It’s easier to imagine something good than to STOP imagining something bad.
So, for example - back to the chemistry test. Instead of manifesting ‘I hope I don’t fail,’ your mind will respond better to the words: ‘I will pass.’
This holds true for any intentions that you set while smudging. Instead of taking something away, replenish that space with something positive. Something that you can visualize for yourself and your stressor.
#4 Ask yourself "What thoughts can make you feel that way?"
Another way to push your brain out of its anxious cycle is to replace bad thoughts with good ones.
In order to do that, you have to get to the root of what good thoughts can motivate you towards the result that you’re looking for.
For example: “I will pass the test because I’m smart, competent, and I studied hard.” “I will pass the test because I know the information, I’ve taken notes, and I’m a good test-taker.”
The more positive thoughts that you surround yourself with, the better headspace you’ll be in.
#5 Finally "follow through with your smudge" - and recite your intended thoughts and feelings to yourself throughout the process
Be consistent with your smudging practice and continue these positive manifestations in the time leading up to what’s making you anxious.
Or, if there’s no particular event or interaction that’s making you anxious and it’s more of a general feeling, you can continue the positive thinking mentality of: “I am enough."
I am healthy. I am balanced. I am strong. I am confident that I will get through this.”
Positive intentions are the driving force behind smudging, and you’ll be amazed at what they can do to help you overcome your anxiety.