Shake It Out

“And I’m damned if I do and I’m damned if I don’t. So here’s to the drinks in the dark at the end of my road. And I’m ready to suffer and I’m ready to hope. It’s a shot in the dark aimed right at my throat.”-Florence and the Machines

I think part of the reason why I’ve been feeling so physically crappy this week has something to do with my mental state. I’ve been feeling really restless lately and I can’t figure out why. I thought maybe doing a few extra days of yoga would help, but that’s only been a temporary fix. As soon as I’m done with the deep breathing and stretching, my mind starts to race again. I’ve been tossing and turning all week, wrestling  a million different thoughts. If  I don’t get some relief soon, we’re gonna be in trouble.

The other day I was talking with my friend who is currently enrolled in a Tai Chi class (for college credit haha). He was saying how it’s really helped him learn how to  live in the present and control his thoughts. I started researching Tai Chi to see what it was all about. Much like yoga, it focuses on meditation, relaxation  but is much more focused on practicing meditation through continuous movements. Now I’m kind of intrigued, so much that I’ve started to look for studios in Philly. Hopefully I find a nice one soon!

photo (1)I’m not sure if any of you believe in astrology, but I’m a pretty firm believer. My horoscope has been so eerily accurate this week that it started to freak me out. Just when I thought that the universe was trying to tell me something, I saw a tweet. On Wednesday, Psychology Today tweeted: “Shooting an elephant: A guide to escaping unwanted thoughts” with a link to a bunch of interesting articles. I finally got the chance to sit down and read all of them last night. They each gave different perspectives into negative and nagging thoughts. My favorite article had to deal with framing our thoughts. I’m very critical of myself and tend to put the blame on myself for everything. This article stated that framing thoughts can’t be avoided, but you can control the way you frame them. I guess I need to start changing the way I frame my thoughts.

So, I’m asking you: what you do when you feel restless? How do you calm all the “what ifs” in your head? How do you prevent negative self-talk? How do you find mental peace?

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